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a piece of “one peace at a time”

natalie and i just returned from the screening of turk pipkins film, one peace at a time (http://nobelity.org/), showing his travels to various countries interviewing world changers from nobel peace prize laureates to young students in developing countries to leaders of non-profit organizations making a difference in their communities.  it was an eye opening film done in a strikingly simple and pragmatic way engaging us, the audience with it’s genuine and down to earth quality.  it took very complicated global issues and brought them right into your lap with the very honest solution of “get involved” right here, right now…it’s that simple.

we left the film, returned home, poured ourselves some hot tea and discussed what we took from the film.  we talked about what we liked most, what we liked least, what impacted us most, what about the film encouraged us with how we are living our lives and what about the film convicted areas and aspects of how we live.  natalie felt encouraged about the part she has played in the lives of people in kenya and about the relationships she has formed there.  she was convicted that she needs to return and continue cultivating those relationships.  i felt encouraged and proud of what we do as an organization, as comfort the children international, about what we are in the community of maai mahiu, kenya.  i felt convicted about how i need to live more consciously and become more aware about how i am living my day to day life here in the states…where my food comes from, how much energy i consume on daily basis and the amount of that energy that is wasted, etc….

it was a great conversation and one that left me pondering…how much potential does one person have within themselves to change the world?  we are all born with a certain amount of energy, of potential.  many of us live scattered lives…as balls of energy ping ponging about with no real course of focus or direction.  others live perhaps more reclusive lifestyles amongst their tv shows, sporting events and work life.  or perhaps we are very singularly focused and have honed in on a cause or a purpose, but i believe this to be rare. regardless we are all born with a certain amount of energy, of potential.  i think much of the worlds problems are a result of this energy being spent very unconsciously…developing certain habits and ways of behavior simply because that’s either what we learned from our parents or how society has formed us.  i am extremely guilty of this having been raised with certain belief systems and modes of operation i knew to be “just how you live life” until i lived in a different culture and realized that there are so many other ways one can choose to live.

i’m rambling…we are born, we live, if we’re lucky we love and then we die.  it’s that in between period…between being born and dying that i am pondering tonight after watching this film.  this is where our energy, our potential lies.  am i utilizing the amount of energy within my body, my mind power, my love force…am i using this well?  how am i using my potential?

it’s a great question to ponder and one i will sit with for some time.  thanks turk pipkin for opening my mind to ponder…

big love,

z

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Zane Wilemon is the Founder and Executive Director of Ubuntu. Zane discovered his life’s calling after purchasing a one-way ticket to Kenya in 2000. After living in Kenya for a year, Zane’s life was changed as he recognized that our lives are inextricably tied to God and one another. UBUNTU’s core value is to create opportunities that empower each other to lift ourselves beyond our perceived limitations. Zane is an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas and his Masters in Divinity from the Seminary of the Southwest.

4 Comments

  1. Zane, just happened to see your post as i’m uploading my thanksgiving videos for friends and family to see… talk about big love.

    i think you’d like this book: A Path With Heart, by Jack Kornfield. He was a buddhist monk and several people in my life say this is in the top 5 books on their shelf. i think his first chapter dives into the meditation: do i love well?

    (i had a chance to meet Turk at the premier of this… he’s working on a project in Kenya as well, in partnership with Architecture for Humanity.)

    thanks for being you.

    by the way, i just realized i was thinking of you today because our next board meeting will be here in Austin on the weekend of Jan. 9th… could you possibly show us a short presentation of your project? and maybe join us for casual conversations?

  2. zanewilemon

    thanks for the love jodi! will definitely put “a path with heart” on my christmas wish list. thanks for the heads up!

    yeah i heard all about turks work in kenya last night. sounds pretty awesome and i look forward to hearing more. he’s going to be in kenya in june/july. it would be great if all of us austinites working in kenya could actually connect while we’re in kenya. will you be there this summer as well?

    would love to meet your board so please give me a call and let’s make it happen!

  3. Tracie Newman

    Wow, what a refreshing and thoughtful read. You asked: “how much potential does one person have within themselves to change the world?” I believe this potential to be endless! And while some people seem more likely than others and they are seemingly rare, Margaret Mead once pointed out that we should “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Keep harnessing your energy Zane…it does matter!

  4. zanewilemon

    thanks for the love tracie! i’m right there with you…why else are we here than to love, to get involved and help bring about that change we need to see in the world.

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