Just as I anticipated, I left Mountainfilm Festival in Telluride energized to help save the world. And before reality settles back in, I want to share some thoughts from my amazing Memorial Day weekend experience and shed some light on why GroundFloor Media (GFM) is such a strong proponent of being involved in the community – no matter how big or small YOUR community is.
Whether watching “The Crash Reel,” which details Olympic-hopeful Kevin Pearce’s traumatic brain injury and his newfound passion to help others in their recovery, “The Water Tower,” which was described as a “climate-change movie that involved some rock climbing,” “Bidder 70,” which shares the story of how Tim DeChristopher bid on 22,000 acres of Utah land worth $1.7 million (which he never intended to pay for) in order to protect it from oil and gas exploration, or “High and Hallowed: Everest 1963,” which chronicles the first American ascent of the renowned 29,029-foot peak – I was moved by the large and small actions individuals take each day to further the causes they are passionate about.
Giving back to the community is not only important to me personally, it is a core value of our agency. In fact, the spirit of community that pervades GFM is rooted in our belief that individuals and organizations must give back to the community in which they live, work, pray and play. Whether your community is in your child’s school, in church, at your yoga studio or on a mountain, the satisfaction you receive from giving will far outweigh any sacrifices you make to do so.
Being passionate about a cause or an idea is a vital part of life, and it can have profound impact on other people today and in the future, as well as in so many ways in your own life. As Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”