Thursday, August 15, 2013

Paying it Forward

Would you give up everything to help your fellow man? James Beck did just that. After being inspired by a friend's generous spirit, in 2011, Beck decided to give away all of his belongings and travel the country for a year with one purpose: to help others. He traveled to all 50 states and helped strangers in any way he could. His only request was that each person/family he helped pay it forward. He documented the entire journey and was working to get funding to turn his 300+ hours of footage into a documentary. Here's a little footage from his travels:

Inspiring right? The problem is Beck's Kickstarter campaign only yielded $9,500 of the $30,000 he needs to complete and edit the film. I'm not sure what's next for Serfbliss, but I think it will be a tragedy if this film isn't made. Keep a look out for additional fundraising attempts.

In the meantime, I'm inspired to get back into my monthly gratitude projects. There's something soul stirring about doing something nice for others. People may look at you strangely as they try to figure out your motive (or is that just in NY?) but in the end, good intentions and good deeds make for life changing moments. Now, let's all join hands and sing Kumbaya. Seriously though, do something nice for someone today. Then do something nice for for yourself. Imagine how great the world would be if we all helped ourselves AND helped others.  


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