I remember the first TweetsGiving, three years ago. Each day we plotted, for the six days before ThanksGiving, Sanjay would calmly whisper: “this isn’t going to work,” and then continued about his work building the site & strategizing as if he wholeheartedly believed. Somewhere deep down, his heart had hope, even if his brain couldn’t quite wrap itself around the possibility that gratitude could be sufficient currency to build a classroom.
Then, in 48 hours, we raised over $11,000 USD from hundreds of people across the globe we’d never met. Since then, the celebration has raised more than $60,000 that has been invested in changemakers in Nepal, Tanzania and the US who have built classrooms, a library, a children’s technology lab, a temporary home for disabled veterans and more. We’ve modeled other social media events after that first experiment, and have raised over $60,000 more so far in investments of love from across the globe during To Mama With Love and LaLaLove.
Never doubt that anything is possible. Anything.
In the past, I have dedicated Epic Thanks and TweetsGiving to Mama Lucy. This year, I dedicate this celebration to her and to the many of you who, inspired by her, have dared to believe that you are enough. That your chickens – whatever they may be – will somehow be enough to create radical new possibilities in the world we share. That your gratitude is enough. And that your love is enough.
Because it is.
It always is.
This year, I’m grateful for those of you (you know who you are) who believe in the deepest parts of yourselves that love will always be enough. And especially for those of you, like Sanjay, who have enough hope to do it anyway – even when doubt creeps in.
Last month, I wrote a post wishing for Leah & Gideon to visit us all here in the US. In it, I wrote:
“I want to give them this gift so they grow up with hearts that dare to hope for ridiculous, unimaginable possibilities. For themselves, their community, their country and the world we share. I want them to know, beyond any doubt, that even their wildest dreams just might come true.”
The truth is that this wish was for me, and for all of us, as much as (or even more than) it was for Leah & Gideon.
I wanted you & I to know, beyond any doubt, that our wildest dreams just might come true. And you made sure I knew – that we all knew – by making it so.
I wanted you & I to have hearts that dare to hope for ridiculous, unimaginable possibilities. For ourselves, our communities, our countries and the world we share. And by creating this possibility for Leah, Gideon & Mama Lucy, you made it safer – more fathomable – to hope.
This Epic Thanks, I give my thanks to those who have dared to believe that somehow our love and gratitude would be enough. And who have made sure, every time, that it has been.
You are the creators of hope, you who dare to believe in possibilities before they are born. And today, I am beyond grateful for the light you shine into the future of us all.
This Epic Thanks, we aim to build a secondary school for kids like Leah & Gideon in whose young souls so many possibilities live. So far, through our cross-country tour & our children’s music project at LaLaLove.org, we’ve raised over $35,000. Our hope is to raise $15K this week to reach $50,000 by ThanksGiving Day in the US. By doing so, we’ll be able to get the new school up & running by January 2012 when next term begins.
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