Wow, what an evening!
Inspiration. That’s what keeps me coming back to Be the Cause. My first experience with BTC was at the 2003 Walk for Hope. I was the recipient of some much needed inspiration. On many occasions since then, I’ve tried to be a source of compassion and awareness so that someone else might feel as inspired as I did that day. I used to say without a doubt that WFH 2003 was my favorite Be the Cause event, but it now must take a 2nd place to the Evening of Awareness this past Saturday, July 1st.
As someone who has organized 5 EOA events since Nov 2004, I am fully aware of how much work goes into just the logistical part of the event. Then there is the important part of trying to share an experience like going to India or South Africa or a social issue like the crisis in Darfur or Human Trafficking, in a way that creates a lasting connection with the people who come to the event.
Having had nothing to do with the planning for the India Evening of Awareness, I didnt know what to expect. I knew it would be special, but I had no idea how special. From the chalk drawings on the ground, to the traditional greeting and the opening prayer, I could tell how much love and thoughtfulness went into every detail of this event. I almost hesitate to call it an “event”. “Experience” sounds more appropriate.
I loved the slide presentation and the unique perspectives that each traveler got to contribute. I never felt like it was too long or redundant. It was really beautiful.
I was literally moved to tears by Nirali’s words. I felt as though she could have been speaking directly to me. I will carry that “SOS” with me always. I even shed a tear or two when Viren was speaking about the kids at Manav Sadhna. I felt like I knew them.
At the end of the event, I felt inspired like I havent felt since WFH 2003. This crazy journey into service made sense again: small things, ordinary people, simple ideas.
I’ll close by saying that my heart is full of gratitude for the opportunity to be friends with such an incredible group of people. Thank you.