lack of success.
|synonyms: nonfulfillment, defeat, collapse, foundering|
|the omission of expected or required action.
In less than 2 weeks, our trip around the world will be at an end. 214 days,
6 continents, 29 flights, 22 countries, 33 couchsurfing hosts (twice as many invitations),
6 godwinks (this will have its own post), 5 wonders of the world, numerous acts of
kindness received and given, and too many new friends to count! All in all it’s been an amazing trip! Quite the accomplishment! But…… We didn’t do all that we set out to do!
Our original goal was to volunteer in each of the countries that we visited. I picked the countries and the boys looked up NGO’s and charities in each one where we could
give a helping hand. We did not have success in that part of our mission. We failed!
The men who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than
those who try to do nothing and succeed. ~Lloyd Jones
A man that I consider to be a mentor, taught me that it is important to give! Not give back, just to give! This is what I’m teaching my sons! We are fortunate that we had opportunities to do just that. In London UK with the Salvation Army, we spent an evening feeding the homeless. In Nairobi Kenya with the Mathare Foundation, we volunteered in one of the largest slums in Africa. In Bangkok Thailand, we helped with a fundraiser for a NGO called “In Search of Sanuk. In Cebu Philippines, we went and saw the impact that a Liter of Light has on communities with no electricity. When we couldn’t give or be of service, we tried to inspire. In Paris France, Nairobi Kenya and Bogota Colombia I had “conversations” with students asking the question “If you knew you could not fail, what would you champion with your life?”, hoping to inspire the next generation to think outside the box and dream big! Seeing the impact we had in these interactions, makes me wish that we could have done more. That we could have spent more time with people who need a hand, or a push for their dreams. I failed to make that happen in most of the countries we visited.
Notice the difference between what happens when a man says to himself, “I have failed three times,” and what happens when he says, “I am a failure.” ~S.I. Hayakawa
In the days we have left, we are looking to spend time with an NGO in Costa Rica. And though the first couple of weeks we spend in Jamaica, will be rest time, there are 2 organizations we will be working with this summer. Stay tuned for information about those!
There is no failure except in no longer trying. ~Elbert Hubbard
As you’ve been reading this you might have been wondering, “Is there anything I could do?” If you haven’t, ask yourself this question now! The answer is YES! Of course you can! Maybe it means just volunteering your Time Talent or Treasure at your local school, church or hospital. Maybe it means giving your neighbor’s kid help with some homework, or doing some random act of kindness. Whatever works for you, put it in your heart just to give something of yourself. The Salvation Army is a worldwide organization, find one near you. Here is a link to one in London http://www.salvationarmy.org.uk/. The Mathare Foundation has put together a Indiegogo campaign which has 48 hours left https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-mathare-foundation-in-slum-to-raise-funds-for-school-room-rent-equipments. In Search of Sanuk is always in need of donations and volunteers, check them out here http://insearchofsanuk.com/. To learn more about the Liter of Light project go here http://aliteroflight.org/. If none of these pull at your heart strings, look below for the list that Isaiah and Junior put together. I’m based in Denver CO, and can point you in the direction of many local NGOs and charities, send me an email. Do your own research, make your own list. Grab a friend or a family member and do some good in the world! Smile! Check out this excerpt from an article about the ripple effect of giving:
Without a doubt, generosity and gratitude are contagious, with far-reaching ripple effects. “When someone shows me such unexpected thoughtfulness, it restores my faith in the love and compassion of the human spirit and I want to join in on the fun,” one study participant explained.
So, the next time you give to an organization or an individual, know that your gift may actually have a much larger impact than you realize. And the next time you are the recipient of someone’s generosity, think of the principle of upstream reciprocity and look for ways to pay the kindness forward to others — strangers you may not even know. Being aware of the secret ripple effect of gratitude and intentionally looking for ways to use it can transform our entire community — and increase your own joy in the process.
You can read the whole article herehttp://www.noozhawk.com/article/cynder_sinclair_gratitude_secret_ripple_effect_on_community_20131126.
Failure sometimes enlarges the spirit. You have to fall back upon humanity and God. ~Charles Horton Cooley
Yes we failed at what we originally set out to do. Maybe we are not done failing! But we are not failures! Though our trip is almost over, we will always look back on the lives that have impacted us, and those that we have had an impact on. Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8: Teaching Kids to Succeed comes to mind. We adults need and can use these same lessons!
Supposing you have tried and failed again and again. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call “failure” is not the falling down, but the staying down. ~Mary Pickford
We look forward to you journeying with the Jobsons!!! Check out our FaceBook page and our profile on CouchSurfing.org:
Here is the list of NGO’s and charities that the boys put together:
France- UCPA- http://www.ucpa-vacances.com/
Poland- Tatra volunteer search and rescue- http://www.topr.pl/
Germany- Heavens Above- http://www.heavens-above.com/
Greece- Tree for a Kid- http://www.linkedin.com/company/tree-for-a-kid
Israel- Poem for Rent- http://www.technion.ac.il/~gever/shir.htm
Ethiopia- Circus Ethiopia- http://www.circusethiopia.org/aboutus/index.html
Australia- Healthy Kids School CanTeen Association- https://healthy-kids.com.au/
New Zealand- CanTeen- http://www.canteen.org.nz/
Columbia- Pies Descalzos Foundation- http://www.barefootfoundation.com/
Panama – Fundacion El Hacedor- http://www.elhacedor.org/
Costa Rica- Nature Kids- http://www.naturekids.org/
Jamaica- Ocho Rios Charity Serving Poor Children’s- http://www.breadbasketministries.com/
UK- Kids Company- http://www.kidsco.org.uk
Germany- Heavens Above- http://www.heavens-above.com/
Poland- TOPR- http://www.topr.pl/
Greece- Elati environmental league for animals in the Ionian- http://www.charity-charities.org/Greece-charities/Kefalonia-1463560.html
Israel- Poem for rent- http://www.technion.ac.il/~gever/shir.htm
Nigeria-Tafarki foundation- http://thetafarkifoundation.com/PharmacistForAfrica/index0.html
Ethiopia- SOS children in Ethiopia- http://www.sos-childrensvillages.org/Where-we-help/Africa/Ethiopia/Pages/default.aspx
Mozambique- Imagine Mozambique- http://www.imaginemozambique.org
South Africa- Food for Africa’s Orphans- http://www.foodfororphans.org/about.php
India- Vibha- http://sites.vibha.org/
Philippines- Community and family services international- http://www.cfsi.ph/
Australia- CARE Australia- http://www.care.org.au/
Costa Rica- kids saving the rain forest- http://www.kidssavingtherainforest.org/main.html
Jamaica- The Animal House- http://www.theanimalhousejamaica.org/
Panama- Water charity- http://watercharity.org/taxonomy/term/12
Colombia- Pies Descalzos Foundation- http://www.barefootfoundation.com/