as i said on emails home from abroad:
we do not turn the world, it turns us.
there’s a lot going on these days. i’ve been very vocal and clear about NO. MORE. FREELANCE. and been practicing saying it. there was an awakening involved, one that showed me how i really haven’t taken planning as seriously as i could be doing, and why is that?
probably has something to do with breaking the habit of constant freelance / looking for problems to solve / trying to solve them. which is ironic because planning is VERY related to that!!! design was always so much more than pretty pictures.
strategy’s been good to me this year. for the past month i’ve been working on the Burger King Kids Club, with whom i unfortunately have a nondisclosure agreement going so this is all i can say right now about my brilliant foundational idea:
as for the end of freelance, i’ve just finished a few myspace pages
and tee shirts for State Radio
and all i have left are a couple more tees, two more myspaces, and a logo. all of which will happen this saturday, then i’m free for Christmas and then on to 2008.
there are four other life-things going on that are fairly major:
last night i received an email from our Elias Fund guys. the content is best summarized by a myspace bulletin from Braddigan:
“i am so sad to say that Elias’s son Manuel was stabbed several times yesterday over a bag of sugar… he’s in critical condition with wounds in his head and neck… please pray for his healing, peace & rest for Elias, Servie, Honest, & Obey… and for protection and forgiveness for the kid who stabbed him… pray that it all stops and that Manuel’s life is spared… please spread the word here, we need to stand together for Elias and his precious family… they are as loving as they come… one specific prayer is that by some miracle they can get Manuel to a hospital in South Africa, and they need to get a lot of $ into Zimbabwe immediately to pay for all of it… Lord, you are all that is left… We want to see You move. thank you for your thoughts and prayers… will update soon. braddigan”
Manuel is one of the sons of Elias, for whom the NGO is named. the original effort of the fund, when we started everything, was to get this boy an education. he has consistently been in the top of his class, and his family is a necessary part of what we do in Zimbabwe.
it’s all over a bag of sugar. that’s how bad the situation is there. and Manuel’s not the only one this has happened to, he’s only the one i know personally. i can’t imagine the devastation in his family and in their everyday life. please keep Manuel, his family and his country in your prayers.
if you feel moved to donate financially or otherwise, call me any time and i will be able to connect you with the right people so that your gift goes into the right hands. all donations are tax-deductible.
2. the insulin thing
so the last two weeks have been a fiasco. it’s finally decided that i’m going to have surgery of some kind in the near future that will reorganize my organs.
but my insurance doesn’t cover it.
but it will cure my insulin issues.
a personal loan will not kill me. not having surgery might, eventually.
but there are serious risks in the long and short term.
but if i don’t have surgery there are also risks in the short and long term.
and all the doctors i see are only offering one type of surgery.
there is another type that may be better, offered by another hospital.
but it also has a higher rate of long-term malnutrition.
but it has a MUCH LOWER death rate in operation.
it all seems like i’m some kind of failure and this all seems optional.
but then i remember the insulin resistance is REAL.
it is not made up, it cannot be ignored. it doesn’t mean i’m a failure.
on a more upbeat note… some new projects launching
3. Down The Road Project
i met a few guys in Nicaragua who were in the middle of filming a documentary they plan to take on the road to show at colleges around the country to educate people about Central America. click here to watch the heart-pounding trailer, and learn more about the project on their site:
amazing thing, yet again… i met these guys for three days and they are some of the most sincere and loving people i know.
4. and last but never least, the Walking On Water Project
i know i go on incessantly about Nicaragua, the people and how fun it was and what an eye opener even to myself being a seasoned traveler; i can’t explain how deep into my heart it’s gone that i was there at all, or able to be counted among these dynamic individuals who just work, work, work for the good of the people.
a summary about the film from their site:
When Bryan Jennings (Founder/Director of Walking On Water) was fourteen years old he was taken on his first surf trip by a local professional surfer. This trip had a lasting effect on his life. In Walking On Water Bryan returns the favor as he takes Tyler and Luke literally around the world in hopes that they too will forever be changed. Along the way they meet up with three-time world champion surfer Tom Curren, teen shark attack survivor Bethany Hamilton, top professional surfers C.J. and Damien Hobgood, and many others. Join Luke and Tyler as they travel to Hawaii, Peru, Australia, Indonesia, South Africa, and France. In this beautiful and inspiring film, the world becomes their classroom.From the makers of The Outsiders and Noah’s Arc comes a story about finding faith on the journey of a lifetime.