Tuesday, March 4, 2014

#1book1life

Time for a little something different.

I have spent the last few days trying to start this blog post and coming up short on the right words every single time. Blogs, true to nature, tend to be a little vain-- let's face it, everything I write here is, hello, about me-- but today is much more important than that. 

A few years ago through a series of serendipitous events that sound straight out of a friendship fairytale, I met an incredible musician & now-friend named Kelsey Kufner. Fast forward oh, five years to last week, when she contacted me asking if I'd like to be a part of a movement to save lives + share the story of living a spectacularly un-ordinary life in the process, to which I obviously jumped at the chance.

Here's the long + short of it: every year, 1.2 million people die of malaria (life-threatening, but curable) simply because medicine is not readily available. And it's not a complicated fix, either-- one lifesaving pill costs only $4, but yet access is limited. Cost and supply are still barriers that require a little work to circumvent, but clearly, with the right resources, it's not an insurmountable feat. Authors Seth (of needtobreathe, only one of my favorite bands ever) & Chandler Bolt have set out to save 10,000 lives by buying 10,000 lifesaving malaria pills. How? They've written an incredible ebook (Breaking Out of a Broken System) about living a life that is anything but ordinary-- stepping outside of what seems like the stereotypically predestined path and instead choosing to live boldly, authentically, spectacularly-- even when it seems easier to follow the status quo. I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek at what they're written, and I absolutely inhaled it. This book is raw, it's real, it challenges expectations and dares you to do something greater. 

How do these two things connect? Working with Palmetto Medical Initiative, the Bolt brothers have crafted an incredible plan to effect real change. 100% of the profits from the sale of this book will go towards the purchase of these lifesaving malaria pills-- in fact, the sale of one book = the price of one pill. Hence, one book saves one life. Pretty sweet tradeoff, yes? And could it be more beautifully poetic that a book set out to change the world has such an impact not just figuratively, but literally as well?  One book, one life. 

This video does an incredible job of explaining just what's at the heart of this mission: 


The whole time I was reading, I kept thinking back on one of my favorite quotes from Ram Dass-- "We are all just walking each other home." It is our responsibility to take care of this world, of each other. But so often I get bogged down in the day-to-day-- yes, the world is broken, and I am approximately one half of a blip on the grand-scheme radar, so how will I ever do enough to really make a difference? This. This is how. Doing what we can with what we have, working together, this is how differences are made, this is how the world is changed. Please consider taking $10 and donating to this incredible movement. One book, one life. It's that simple. 

You can find the Bolt brothers' book for sale here. More information on the Palmetto Medical Initiative here. And lastly, more info on their awesome mission can be found here



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