i am because you are

ubuntu – i have fallen in love with the idea of ubuntu.

I read a story about an anthropologist who proposed a game to the kids in an African tribe.
He put a basket full of fruit near a tree and told the kids that who ever got there first won the sweet fruits.
When he told them to run they all took each others hands and ran together, then sat together enjoying their treats.
When he asked them why they had run like that as one could have had all the fruits for himself they said: UBUNTU, how can one of us be happy if all the other ones are sad?
— Unknown

i even used it as the base for my fundraising letter (see below the “more” link).

my fascination with this word has become an attempt to incorporate this philosophy as a theme in my life.  i would love to see more ubuntu in the world.

with this all in the back of  my mind we now have another new pup (dog).

driving between states to visit my boyfriend’s grandmother, he, his mom, our dog, and myself in the car, we saw a dog on the side of the freeway.  it had a collar and we were worried it would walk into traffic.  so we turned around (as we had gone past too quickly the first time).

short story: after attempting for 2 hours (or so) to contact anyone who might know what to do (police, sheriff, animal control, animal shelters, etc.) we got the message – the dog was now ours.

they say she is 10+ years old.  she and our other pup, jackson, seem to get along well.  in the week since we found her she has gone from practically a zombie to trotting around, even running every so often.

now, the bigger challenge, is skipping over my own ego and trying to bring ubuntu into my relationships & communication with people.  i believe this will be a continual learning process.

one man in politics who seems to embody ubuntu – at least from a recent article i read – the mayor of newark, NJ.  here is one (of many) article(s) written about his recent actions

i hope to let love and compassion vs fear, rule more decisions in my life.

hello friends & family
<insert image and story about UBUNTU from above>
ubuntu is an african philosophy described variously by many different people.  one explanation i like is from a man named desmond tutu.
In our country we’ve got something called ubuntu. When I want to praise you, I say this person has ubuntu. Because in our culture there is no such thing as a solitary individual. We say a person is a person through other persons. That we belong in the bundle of life. And I want you to be all you can be, because that’s the only way I can be all I can be. I need you! I need you to be you so that I can be me.
the ubuntu philosophy is something i would love to see more of in existence and strive to embody myself.  the key word being strive, i make mistakes (often).
i’m sending this email to support a group that seems to exemplify this philosophy, the washington fire relief.   these fundraising efforts are connected to the st. george marathon, which i will be running on october 6th this year.
all money raised goes directly to their community because the washington fire relief is a group of volunteer firefighters.
washington fire relief is a newer organization – founded in 2009.  in 2011 they became one of the official charities of the st. george marathon.  you can read about their projects on their blog.  currently they are working on the mother’s day gift baskets.  here is their facebook page
if you too feel the washington fire relief is a worthwhile cause, consider making a donation of any amount.
some examples of what the funds might be used for
$10 – a mothers day gift basket for women at the D.O.V.E. center
$30 – thanksgiving for a family in need

$40 – christmas for a child in need
$60 – toiletries & other necessities for a family who has been displaced because of fire or flood
$100 – pay a family’s utility or doctor bills
$200 – sponsor an elementary school classroom for the school year

donations of $100 or more will receive a “race the states” shirt (while supplies).  donations under $10 must be made in the form of a check. the website only takes credit card payments of $10 and up.
if you buy lunch or dinner on a regular basis, consider bringing something from home one day.  if you go to the movies or rent a movie every weekend, consider taking one week off.  anything small thing you might usually spend a few dollars on, consider giving to the organization.
at the same time, if that $10 would come from your rent, utility, or grocery bill (for example) – please keep it.  all i ask is that you consider sharing this email with friends & family or posting a link on facebook, your website, or anywhere you think might be helpful.
my hope here is to spread the simple idea behind ubuntu: i am because you are.  and the idea that i can only be the best person i am capable of being if you also are able to be the best person you can be.
made out to: washington fire relief
sent to: elysa barron
            po box 1383
            ouray, CO 81427
on the rough training days i will think about these you, the washington fire relief, and ubuntu.
if you are interested in reading about my training and anything running related you can go to this page.
thank you for taking the time to read this.
hope all be wonderful
elysa 🙂

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