Inform everything we do.
1. Earth First
Live in harmony with nature, then love naturally flows, as does peace among people. It is that simple.
4. Service Before Self
Most misery and struggle traces to the false belief that, “I must provide for myself.” This one assumption causes competition, conflict, and war. What happens when you seek to serve others before your own self, while understanding every need brings what’s needed?
We are not about the numbers, we are about the stories. While numbers stand to impress, they do not inspire.
2. Love What Is
Or, seeing the utter and total perfection of the moment. If the moment is perfect, then nothing is lacking and there are no problems to be solved and no world that needs to change. This does not mean we turn cold to suffering — not at all — but curbs the desire to fix, a movement that is counter to service.
5. Simple Living, High Thinking
Or, the case for the village life. What we have now is complicated living and low thinking — to what result? Our material needs are basic, our inner needs for meaning and fulfillment are of far greater weight.
Who says impact always has to strike like lightning? Can’t a gentle breeze by similarly potent?
3. Nobody Needs Help
You are already what you seek to be. Therefore, the greatest gift you can give another is to help them realize they are the gift they've been waiting for. In this way, beneficiaries become friends and even family.
What happens when aid work becomes a joy-filled creative expression of the heart? The lines between giver and receiver merge and projects find effortless impact and sustainability.
9. Journey vs. Impact
Why do global problems persist at scale despite the staggering amounts of humanitarian aid? Out of the many reasons, greatest of them all, because the individual moments of the journey of service — and their transformative power – are missed. Impact becomes organic and sustainable when attention is paid more to the journey than to the outcome.