My Birthday Wish for Clean Water

December 17, 2014

This is my quintessential birthday/Christmas photo from a very long time ago. I still shudder at the red dress and the wild upholstered chair and say “What was my mother thinking?” It was the fifties…

My Birthday Wish for Clean Water

My plan for today’s post was just to drop in and say hello on my birthday, and let you know that I’ll be taking a break until the first of the year. But yesterday I opened an email from Marie Forleo and this video tugged at my heart – “How Water Changes Everything“.

I was so inspired by Scott Harrison’s story of going from Manhattan club promoter to leading a more heart-centered life and birthing the organization charity: water that I couldn’t turn away.

I learned that almost a billion people on the planet don’t have access to clean drinking water.

Every day, 1,400 kids die from water-related illnesses before they reach their fifth birthday.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are simple solutions like drilled wells, spring protections and BioSand filters that help provide clean water to communities around the world.

In my sixth decade of life I’ve never been without clean drinking water and I’m guessing that most of you haven’t either. Just think about how lucky we are!

We all have our favorite charities and causes and I don’t like to pester people about my own. But when I watched the video and saw that people were using their birthdays to help raise funds, well, I thought I would give it a go in hopes that it will resonate with many of you.

What impressed me so much about charity: water is that 100% of the money we donate goes directly to fund the water projects! You can even view photos and GPS coordinates that show how your money is being spent.

So, if you are so inclined, here is my birthday campaign to raise money for clean water. You can give $61.00 in honor of my 61 years 🙂 or you can give $1.00. I know we are all weary of spending money right now. But I can’t think of a better birthday gift than to truly make a difference in the lives of people who are without the basic human right for clean water.

Thank you for letting me share this campaign with you.

And thank you from the bottom of my heart for inspiring me to write this year – by sharing my thoughts, feelings and what I have learned about holistic health with you. It is my greatest joy to pass on my love of Ayurveda, which has so profoundly changed my life.

I am signing off until the new year to give myself time to be quiet, reflect, and re-energize so that I can return with a rested spirit along with new ideas to bring to fruition.

Wishing you all a peaceful holiday season!

With love and gratitude,

  1. Thank you Barbara and a very Happy Birthday to you!

  2. Barbara, I agree and support your campaign. I will give you a gift by donating to this charity. You make a difference everyday with every word you write, picture you take and with everyone who crosses your path. Your coming out of you shell is making this a better world. Birthday blessings to you my friend.

  3. Barbara, I will help in supporting this campaign for bringing clean drinking water to the children and families of the world who’ve had to live without it. It has always been one of my greatest fears and sorrows to think of all the individuals who are less fortunate than ourselves who live with such abundance in our lives. Thank you for providing the opportunity to join you in this heartful campaign. Blessings to you on your birthday, and for the coming holidays and New Year. You are a wonderful inspiration to us all.
    Sending Love,
    ~ Becky : )

  4. I too will make a donation to a worthy cause. And Barbara, a peaceful holiday season to you too! And keep these columns coming after the New Year! Thank you for everything. <3

  5. PS: I absolutely love, love that photo of you! Adorable! And that smiling face has not changed!

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