White_Harmony, I have to get my butt out to Australia, just to give you a hug. You are such an incredible person. All of you are, and I really appreciate all of the support.
I should give an update. My back is doing GREAT. Because: I'm quitting. I'm leaving my job. Not at once, but I'm only working about six to nine hours per week because of my back. Instead, I'm going to be doing extra-ing in movies (you may see a flash of red hair in the background of your next movie), and Canada Post work, which don't hurt my back. Temp jobs. The real excitement is these projects I have underway.
I'm going to be collecting food that would otherwise get composted from grocery stores (Save-on throws away perfectly good food, stuff that may have fallen and is not good to sell but great to eat), driving them out to Vancouver and surrounding areas, and giving it out in the "hot spots" of Commercial Drive and Hastings. I've been driving friends through that area one of them will have anxiety attacks. They have to close their eyes going through. (He's energy sensitive, empathetic, and has a good heart. Not a good combo in that area.) It literally feels like I'm in Dawn of the Dead. Everyone is sort of walking slow, some shooting up, some getting busted by cops, some fighting. This is every day, in broad daylight. Anyone see Batman Begins? Some streets are Gotham City, without the mob. And yet when you speak to these people, they are the kindest and most beautiful people. The fact is, THIS COULD BE ME. If anything in my life had been different, that could be me. I'm going to be wearing YTB gear, not to promote YTB, but to show that "Look. If you support me, this is what you're going to be seeing more of." I've been wanting to do this weekly even before I joined YTB.
My friend and I have become business partners. We're using YTB to get to big and small organizations that do a lot of travel for humanitarian work across the world.
We've also started something called Together Strong, which is still in its baby stages. It's a collection of home or small businesses in our area. Our big thing is, "Why support Superstore that is employing Jimmy for $8 so he has to work three jobs to make it through college, when you could support Jimmy's mother?" Why would you give your support to the big companies who's money is going somewhere across the country when you could support us and SEE the results of your support? Because if you support us, you know we'll support you. You see immediately what your money is going toward, like me driving that food out for people who need it, like Jimmy's mother who can afford to help send her son through college.
The great thing? My back doesn't hurt when I think of these things. I think I got too comfortable. Spirit has other plans for me. I made a vow years ago that I would do whatever it takes. I would be whoever I need to be to heal myself and the world, and I gave permission for my butt to be kicked into gear when need be. And boy did it get kicked, HARD.
And the great thing is, it's all working. All the pieces are falling into place. I've been hanging out with millionaires the last few weeks who donate their time and money to worthy causes. These are the millionaires you don't hear about. These are the guys that, when cities are flooding, they are in their cars risking arrest to go help people out of their homes. The great thing is, in a room of suits and ties, you don't feel out of place, because they treat you like family. They don't know you, you're not in their businesses, but they treat you like family, because you are a PERSON. They have actually been tremendous help in giving ideas and getting us motivated for these plans we've put into action. They are a great support system. And they CARE about us. One man, Esmon Evans, an amazingly inspirational man, was talking with Chris and I after his presentation. He looked Chris in the eye, hard, and asked, "You treat her well?"
I could go on forever about these people, about the projects we have in place, about the determination and fearlessness and passion that I experience in regard to this. I'm not settling anymore. I refuse to do nothing anymore. I refuse to sit and watch people around me - in my own city - freeze, starve, rob, shoot up, and beat up. I refuse to hear about villages in Africa with no wells and say, "Oh well. Nothing I can do." There is LOTS I can do if I just get off my butt and DO IT. I refuse to ask how someone is doing, holding the intention that they'll say, "Just fine," even though they're not. "Okay, how are you REALLY doing?" "You need help? Come meet me. I'll do what I can. If I can't help you, I'll show you someone who can."
This is about changing the world. This is about changing MY world. Living with integrity. Living with purpose. This is my passion, and my back is loving every second of it!
Crazy Healer Lady
Health and happiness to you!
The purpose of a relationship is not to have another who might complete you, but to have another with whom you might share your completeness. -CWG