I think maybe Life must have known that I needed some anchoring, something really juicy to bite into, once I returned home from my time away.
Within a very short time, I was served a really special, delicious invitation.
Some of you may have heard me talk about The Pollination Project, over the past few years. A deeply heart-based organization which provides "seed grants" to people who want to get a special, world-sweetening project off the ground, TPP had founded some of my projects twice, and I have grown huge respect for their team, and anything they did in the world.
So when they asked to talk to me over a Skype session, I was elated for the opportunity to connect with them, whatever the reason might be (I did not even ask).
And when they invited me to be part of their latest goodness-making program, The Global Kindness Team, I gave a resounding YES before I even knew what I was committing to.
Some things are just YESes and that's that.
A few weeks into it, I am beyond happy with my instantaneous YES.
Here is what this means, and it includes an invitation to you:
For the next nine months, My teammates Chris, Greg, Liz and I (all of us living in different parts of the world) will be on the lookout for anyone who is dreaming, creating or running a project based on Kindness. Then, having found these projects, we will nominate eight of them and get busy both supporting them however we can - and granting them $1,000 each.
In my world, this is a little bit like being asked to play Tinkerbell for nine months, you know?
So, the invitation to you. Here it is:
Who do YOU know who is involved with a project that brings Kindness to the world, and could use a boost (from being a TPP grantee myself, I can confidently say that the $1,000 grant is only the icing on the cake of being affiliated with this organization)? Tell me!
During my travels earlier this year, I have seen several examples of heart-melting, humbling Kindness at work and it is possible that one of these might make a great potential grantee. I would love that. And there is still room for more.
What about you? Who can you send my way so that together we may be able to grow someone's dream?
In the midst of difficult news, in the midst of heartbreak and seemingly insurmountable challenges, I am grateful for being able to bring this invitation to you.
Let's do it?
PS: for those of you reading this on your email, see the Kindness video here.
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Thank you for digging in there and finding the gems of wisdom and then just sharing them out as if there's an endless supply ... which with you, there is."
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