Boldly existing outside the box through conscious living and constant learning.
“True religion is real living; living with all one’s soul, with all ones goodness and righteousness.”
For the first time in a long time someone asked me a question I often ask myself. I was having dinner with one of my closest friends and he asked me, straight out, “What is your motivation for doing the things you do?” For whatever reason my first reaction was the chuckle. This could be because this is a conversation I have with myself very often. He called it psycho-analyzing ones self. He might be right on the psycho part. I like to think of it as being introspective or seeking self knowledge. Whatever you call it, its purpose for me is to ensure that the actions I take in life, the path I pursue, and the choices I make are true to who I am and what I believe is right. Why am I doing these things? Why?
During our conversation he also shared with me one of the most brilliantly simply ways of looking at living life. I will paraphrase and forgive me is I miss some things. Basically in the world you can look at things as black and white, right and wrong, up and down. The reality is that we exist somewhere in the grey area, in the middle between the two extremes. His basis for how he lives life is to look at each and every choice or situation and say to himself, what can I do to lean toward what I know is good or right. Simply make the choice that veers toward good in all situations, and that’s all we can ask of ourselves. Black and white, absolute right and wrong are somewhat unrealistic. Living life doing what we can to move toward good. I like it.
So, back to the question at hand. Why do the things I do? What is my motivation for pursuing the life path I am? We talked about this for some time but I felt I had three basic premises for how I choose to live my life.
There may be many other reasons, some not so flattering, that I continue to seek out the path I am on, but with these in hand I have made my bed. If I can see that in my life I have always leaned toward what I see as right and good, that I have listened to what my heart tells me and have not allowed others to dictate my actions, this will be a life well spent. Things won’t always be perfect and I will make the wrong choice sometimes, but that is OK I am playing the averages and when all is said and done hopefully the average will be on the good side.
Continuing with this idea I wanted to share something exciting with you. As you know we have been involved in raising funds and awareness for the Africa Child Rescue and Advocacy Center for some time now. This project is going very well and we are more than halfway to raising the money to see The Center built. This project was to be the basis and beginning for a larger undertaking: the formation of a Non-Profit Organization that would be started by me, my wife Kolena, and our close friend and partner in crime Sally Lunetta. Well, after considerable time and effort, we have formed and created an organization!
Say hello to Unboxed Lives!
First things first. We don’t have our website done yet. It is being built as we speak and will be up soon. We do have a Facebook page you can visit here for updates and to get connected with UBL.
A little about Unboxed Lives
Obviously the name suggests a connection to this blog, and this would be sort of true. The idea of starting this organization was to see people who have lived in poverty and disease be able to break down the barriers that have held them down for too long.
Unboxed Lives is a non-profit organization where radical local leaders facilitate lasting change and harbor self-reliance through the use of innovative enrichment programs in impoverished communities throughout the world.
That every community will be healthy, have access to education, be self-sufficient, and live free of past barriers to a happy and productive life.
We will be operating a multitude of programs including a Community Project Program which is where the Rescue Center would fall under. We will also be doing community training, women’s and children’s programs, and volunteer programs as well. Though we are very new and still building what the future work we will do will look like our vision is clear. The solutions to the problems of poverty in the developing world can, should, and will come from those who live it every day and the success of their lives must be in their own hands. Unboxed Lives exists to assist, facilitate, and support that change.
As time moves forward I will be sharing more and more and letting you know how you can get involved. The question remains that we addressed before. Why? I am convinced now that I don’t know why, that all I can do is veer toward good, to do something that brings up my average, and to listen to what my heart tells me is right. Unboxed Lives represents a small step toward leaving this world better than how I found it and leaving behind something that will continue to do so even after I am gone. Thank you for reading and for your constant support, it means more than you will ever know.
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