Yes. I really did buy a goat today. But this isn’t about me, and no the goat isn’t in my apartment. Read on, and you can buy a goat too, or a chicken if you prefer.
I believe that the best jobs are created, they are not found, filled, or posted on job boards. This is the story about an individual who did just that. Meet Barton Brooks. He says “….traveling to take pictures and collect souvenirs started feeling a bit hollow, and it was in Cambodia where I finally was inspired to make a difference.”
Many people feel a similar tug, or even strong pull when they are moved by certain stories, events, or causes. It only takes a split second for most to be overwhelmed by the hundreds of objections of their rational mind – rent, work, mortgage, family – as to why they couldn’t do it. Barton Brooks story is different, it is one of inspiration and doing something about it.
Brooks started Global Colors, an organization that bypasses bureaucracies to bring aid directly to communities in need around the world. It is not a story of politics, advocacy, ego, it is really a story about action.
Guerrilla Aid is Global Colors current project. It has Brooks spending 52 weeks to circumnavigating the globe creating grassroots aid. Not only is he having direct impact, the endeavor demonstrates just anyone like you or me can go somewhere and make a difference. Take a look at his blog, he may have one of the best jobs in the world.
It is not always glamorous, earliers this year in Batwanna, Uganda Barton was critically injured after being hit by a truck. He even made that look like an adventure. On the mend, he is back in Batwa helping the villagers buy goats, chickens, seeds, and chalkboards for schools.
There is a striking contrast to the hot news topics of U.S., and other developed nations. Are these villagers having a recession, or are we? Where is there a health care crisis? What does 10% unemployment really mean?
Most of all if you are spending an inordinate amount of time worrying about things that will never happen, perhaps the ideal prescription to eliminate that anxiety is immersing yourself in taking action for a cause or purpose that speaks to your soul. I can’t imagine being in Batwa, or with another impoverished community and fretting over whether the stock market was up or down.
Following Global Colors efforts for over a year and Guerrilla Aid since it started, I kept planning to donate, to reach out, and see how I can be of help. Today I bought the villagers of Batwa a goat.
Barton has a plan, some of which he has accomplished, there is still much more to be done. Here’s how you can help:
Or you could fly over and meet Barton in the midst of his 52 Worldwide Guerrilla aid tour to help some of the poorest nations in the world. I started investigating going myself. Dancing with pygmies of Batwa looks like it is worth a trip around the world. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ci-YrHSjUVw
“You have to do what you are hardwired to do. Live your own dream. Everybody has their own river to swim in. If you swim in someone else’s you will drown.”
After posting this quote on my Facebook page, a friend asked “How do you know what you are hardwired to do?”
Myfirst reaction was “oh brother, I set myself up for that one.” It is actually a fair and great question. I am not even sure if there is an answer, let alone can tackle it in under 140 characters on a Facebook posting.
Hardwired is a term most often used with regards to technology, computers, and other electronic devices. Loosely defined, it is about being built, or pre-programmed, with capacities to perform certain functions. In using the term to reference a person, it is not much different. You are one-of-a-kind, alchemy of DNA, experiences, beliefs, knowledge, ideas, creativity. You bring something to the world that has never been here before, and will never be exactly replicated again. The first step is to acknowledge your individuality. In doing so, you understand that if you haven’t been here before, there wouldn’t be some path laid out for you, which you are inherently supposed to know. Don’t wait for it, no one is coming to tell you, nor for will it to show up in an assessment somewhere. Go out and create it based on your innateness, talents, desires, and what is most important to YOU. Here are some steps that may help you on your way.
1. Discover what makes you tick?
Make a list of the times in your life when you were operating in the “zone” or “flow.” You know those the activities you were doing, where you were so engaged, that you didn’t even realize time was passing. They do not have to be work-related. What made these activities meaningful for you? What are the character traits, qualities, skills, that you had to exercise in order to perform these tasks successfully?
SLOW DOWN. STOP TRYING. If you liken the mind to a car engine, and the average mind is spinning at 100 RPM’s, many people especially in big cities, and fast paced cultures are going at 140, 160, and even over 200 RPM’s, it would be virtually impossible to have the clear thinking to notice what is truly important to you, and you are naturally talented at. If you slow your mind down to about 75 RPM’s, that is where insight, creative inspiration, quality, and grace emerge. My friend Barry always says “anyone can meditate for three minutes a day.” If you don’t already have a technique, or a novice, you can start with the simple formula of sitting still, notice your breathing in and out through your nostrils, take deep breaths. When you notice that you have taken your attention off your breathing, just come back to it. Try this for 30 days and see how it impacts your life. If you like the result makes it a life time practice.
3. Use the “Law of Attraction.”
You don’t even need to know what you are hardwired to do. Take a few deep breaths, close your eyes, and imagine just for a moment that you did know what you are hardwired to do. How do you feel? Remember, you want to know how you feel, not what you don’t want to feel. If your thought is that you are feeling “less anxious”, what is the opposite of anxious for you? Is it calm, peaceful, free? Just try to imagine the feeling in your body, create it. Now take it a step further, imagine that you are getting paid handsomely every day for doing what you are hardwired to do, in an environment that you truly love. How are you feeling having that in your life? Just imagine that too. This is not about thinking, it is about what it feels like in the body, that is where you create the vibration to attract similar vibrations.
Join us for the FREE live TeleClass on this topic, this Monday. December 14, 2009 7 PM EST.