A Funeral, a Reflection, and a Passion

I recently attended the memorial service of the brother of a friend of mine. Funerals are interesting affairs. On the one hand, we say goodbye and mourn the passing of a beloved person who we no longer have in our everyday midst. On the other hand, we take the time to say hello to those whom we perhaps haven't seen for a while. It becomes a family reunion, a friends reunion, and a time to reflect back a bit, not just upon the life of the one who has passed on, but also our own lives. 

It's when we ask ourselves, does our own moment in time count

Does what I do matter: to me, to my friends and family, to those I work with?  Do I do my best to use my talents to make things a bit better within my own sphere of influence?

In Rick Warren's book, "The Purpose Driven Life-What On Earth Am I Here For?," Rick proposes that our main purpose in life is to make God happy.  He says that one of the ways we can "make God smile" is to make the most of our aptitudes and "gifts." When I used to teach Sunday school, we'd tell our students not to "hide your light under a basket."

When we take the time to truly collaborate with people, I believe we help them, and ourselves, become the best we can be.  We shine the light on ourselves and others. We bring out talents and aptitudes, and we make improvements within our sphere of influence.

Become a passionate collaborator. Make a difference in someone's life by actively listening to them, respecting them, soliciting ideas, resulting in shared solutions that bring out the best in everyone!

Helping out in Haiti

Like a lot of other people, I have been looking for ways to help out with the tragedy in Haiti. Friends of mine, Turk and Christy Pipkin, who formed The Nobelity Project nonprofit and have two movies out, the most recent, "One Peace at a Time," are also doing project work in Haiti.

Because of this, the golf tournament that I am organizing on Feb. 23 in Austin, will go to support The Nobelity Project and Architecture for Humanity's work in Haiti.

Christy Pipkin will speak at dinner, following the tournament.

Details: http://guest.cvent.com/EVENTS/Info/Summary.aspx?e=e8fae70a-20f2-4413-9389-10e8cdf41c59


From Turk Pipkin on Facebook: The latest documentary feature from Turk Pipkin and The Nobelity Project looks at the possibility of providing basic rights to every child. Filmed in 20 countries on 5 continents, One Peace at a Time features Nobel Peace Prize Winner Muhammad Yunus, US Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, Helene Gayle, Architecture for Humanity’s Cameron Sinclair, and American legend and activist for peace Willie Nelson. Watch the film’s trailer and learn more about The Nobelity Project at: www.nobelity.org
Architecture for Humanity works primarily in the reconstruction phase of post disaster situations and will be focused on both transitional and permanent housing and community structures. AfH has partnered with Yele Haiti, AIDG and other local groups by supplying them with pro bono construction and design professionals, setting up community housing resource centers and support in the design and building of earthquake resistant structures.
To make a direct donation to Architecture for Humanity’s Rebuild Haiti Fund, go to:
AfH is a principal partner with The Nobelity Project in the building of Mahiga Hope High School in Kenya. Engineering and designs for the award-winning RainWater Court at Mahiga Hope High are one of the fundamental building blocks of upcoming community structures in Haiti.
To learn more about Mahiga Hope High School, or to support the 1000 Voices for Hope campaign, go to:

I personally invite you to do whatever you can to help the thousands of lives that have been destroyed by the earthquake in Haiti.

If you golf and would like to join us on Feb. 23 at Barton Creek Resort in Austin, you may find details and register on-line at: http://guest.cvent.com/EVENTS/Info/Summary.aspx?e=e8fae70a-20f2-4413-9389-10e8cdf41c59

For non-golfers and guests, for $35 you can just join us for a great dinner at The County Line on the Hill, in Austin.

Call me at: (512) 263-5521