Sustainable Halo

A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song. – Chinese Proverb

will.i.am and Oprah May 5, 2009

Filed under: Charity — Simple Jess @ 5:39 pm

I had the fortunate experience of watching the Oprah show when it aired, instead of digitally recorded. It was one of those moving shows that makes me take a seat from my household tasks for a moment.

I enjoy the Black Eyed Peas in my own way but never really loved them and was really excited when Will.i.am came out with his own album because his talent is so unique. Then, during the presidential campaign, he was all over the place. His video, New Day, was touching and inspirational; I shared with all of my friends via email. He quickly commanded his position in my list of top entertainers.

Today, this artist exceeded my expectations of what might come next from his remarkable talent. He decided that he wanted to start sending young adults to college. The inspiration that moved him during the election became his desire to invest in the future of this great nation of ours, our youth. His original goal was to send one deserving student to college and he asked Oprah to come up with 4 contestants who came from a single parent home. After reviewing their stories, his motivation carried him even further in his philanthropic ways and he chose to send ALL FOUR!

It was so moving to see not only the recipients’ reactions but to see the donor’s. He teared up and asked them to keep learning and pass along the message that single parents are the backbone of this nation. Two of the students had been accepted to schools in Virginia, Hampton University and Virginia Tech, and now their dream is a reality and their special energy will be blessing our local universities!

For more details on the show go to: http://www.oprah.com/article/oprahshow/20090430-tows-will-i-am-college-scholarship

For information on will.i.am’s new scholarship program go to: http://iamscholarship.dipdive.com/

Where do find your inspiration? Your family? Your church? Your friends? Or are you lacking in inspiration? Check out these links and it just might give you a gentle shove to help someone out. Even if you have no money and very little time, hold the door for someone. Really get down and look your child in the eyes and tell them that you love them. Tell your local bank teller or grocer how much you appreciate their kindness when you visit. Do something. ANYTHING. Big or small, do what you can to nurture this country. Wrap your sustainable halo around your world and watch it go boom!

Love and light,
Jess

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  1. […] day. While the boys played, I had a rare opportunity to sit and watch Oprah. It was much needed and my last post explains why it was so meaningful. After getting the boys settled, fed, bathed, read to and […]


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