Be the Cause

7th Annual walk fastly approaching!

And I couldn’t be happier about it!

The other day we were asked in a group what the Walk for Hope meant to us. I was feeling stunned…by the many feelings of hope, compassion, inspiration that this walk brings up for me.

All I could say was: I’ve been a part of about 4 walks and I Heart Be the Cause. Sounds lame…I know.

What I really wanted to say is words that you and I know…from the heart that can’t always be expressed easily. I could write a poem about Walk for hope. I could write a letter to the world that would wrap around the universe 200 to the second power times. I could jump up and down on a trampoline 30 million times and that maybe wouldn’t express…how very much this walk has added to my life and the lives of others.

It is beautiful…how friends, volunteers, family have come together and celebrated “hope” and all that is good.

It is a celebration of life and a deep connecting to all that draws us close in this world. I can’t wait to see the giant quotes along the walk path. I can’t wait to see all the booths and the people talking and musicians singing and…just everything!

One of the best things is seeing a whole bunch of nonprofit friends in one place….in a beautiful park!

I plan to be there at 4:30 in the a.m. to do my bit to help out. I pray we all get up in time and…oh…there’s no telling how this one will affect me.

By the way, my mom….who Jigar kindly termed “Team Mom” will not be able to make it this year, but sends her love to everyone!

The walk is fastly approaching! And there’s no better time for a walk of this magnititude to grace my life and everyone’s….

Peace peace peace…namaste….ayubowan….I honor you. You honor me. We are free.



  • melisa

    “We are free”…reminds me of Thich Naht Hahn: “I have arrived. I am home.” And I’m not ashamed to say that I am part of a cult. Again, I am so humbled by what it means to be part of “an entirely volunteer run organization” or group of individuals who had envisioned and conceptualized this one beautiful day that is soon to come. Friends who called together planning meetings, conference calls, made spreadsheets, agendas, numerous phone calls to other organizations, publications, promoted, got supplies, drove miles all over town, etc. What if 20 less people had signed up for quotes; what if no one ever made that spreadsheet; what if there were no tee-shirts? The Walk exists because of seemingly limitless love, energy, inspiration, and a desire to share these gifts with others. The Walk is a manifestation of everything that makes life meaningful. In a time of war, economic crisis, depression; when a homeless man nearby was purposely set on fire and burned to death; when I hear gunshots in my neighborhood at night; when everything seems all wrong, I am so grateful to you magical little Buddhas who are doing this to iterate the value of every life in spite of it all. Thank you.

  • gianna

    Melisa, this kills me: “when a homeless man nearby was purposely set on fire and burned to death..”..why!!!?

    Thank you for being such a magical BTC Buddha yourself! Lots of love!

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