The Greensboro Alabama project

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Please check out this video about a project I am involved with and one of my personal living heroes, Pam Dorr.  The members of the Ultimate Black Belt Test (UBBT) will be making their 5th annual visit to Greensboro, Alabama, March 25-29, 2009, this year to restore a historic educational and architectural landmark.

To learn more about the 2009 Project and why a group of martial artist would do this please go to My Journey page and you can see how I am involved and how you can help.  If you want to know what Pam did in her previous life, ask me.  It is so different from what she is doing now!!

Compassion for those we do not know

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The Nobel Peace Prize winner, Oscar Arias Sanchez, once said, “The effect of one good-hearted person is incalculable.”  When we use our words and actions in helping someone in need or who is in pain or suffering it does make a difference.  Mother Theresa once said that she showed her love and cared for individuals one at a time.
While it is great to help our friends and family to feel better, there are others who we do not even know that are suffering that we may be able to help.  We may have that nice warm bed and a nice family, plenty to eat, yet some people do not have these things.  What can we do for others, even those we do not know?  When we see someone who is homeless are we willing to look at that person as a person and offer them a smile.
Last year when we hosted the National Coalition for the Homeless, that was one of the things that I really came away with.  The need individuals have to not feel as if they are invisible.  If you saw the video on Pam Dorr she talked about this a little.  How do you think it makes people feel when we are able to give them something that they need?  Have you experienced this?  Even something as simple as a smile is so important as a part of showing compassion.

Living Hero: Pam Dorr

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I would like to introduce you to one of my living hero’s, Pam Dorr. I have attached a video that is a brief description of the work she does in Alabama after a completely different career. This year I was not able to attend the UBBT event that is held one time per year in Alabama, but after reveiwing how I felt about missing this event, I have promised myself not to let that happen again.
The opportunity to work with such visionaries is so inspiring that it is not something I can afford to miss from a personal level. If anyone would like to join me next April in a trip to Alabama please let me know.
The video you are about to see was filmed and created by one of our UBBT members.