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Opus Reps founder and agent-producer Jorge Perez travels the world producing photo shoots with great photographers and celebrities. He's also very involved with Meals on Wheels in Los Angeles. www.opusreps.com

 

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Cynthia Kersey Cynthia Kersey author. humanitarian. speaker.

Cynthia Kersey is the author of best-selling books and is the Chief Humanitarian Officer of the Unstoppable Foundation. [www.unstoppablefoundation.org]

Beyond a doubt, what’s most meaningful to me and gives me absolute joy is giving to others. I first experienced the true power of giving over a decade ago, after separating from my husband of 20 years. I was experiencing a lot of grief, and my mentor, Millard Fuller, the Founder of Habitat for Humanity, recommended that I get my mind off of myself by doing something for others. He’d just gotten back from Nepal, where he’d met many families in need of homes. I thought, “Great! I’ll start there.”

I considered something I already knew, that when you have a great pain in your life, you need a greater purpose. So I asked myself, How many houses would I need to build to offset this pain in my life? What came to me was that 100 houses felt bigger than my pain. Even though I’d never embarked on such a project, I said yes and went into action. Everywhere I went and with every audience I spoke to, I shared this project with absolutely no attachment to who would say yes. I believed it was my responsibility to share this opportunity and the right people would contribute.

A year later, I had raised $200,000. I took a team of 18 people with me to Nepal to work on the first 3 of the 100 homes that were built that year.

Let’s just say I became hooked.

I’ve continued to integrate giving as THE key strategy for my life and business.

The way I stay engaged with giving is through a daily practice. First, every day I look for ways I can give to myself – to my mind, my body, and my spirit. Then I look for ways I can give to at least one other person. In doing so, I get to experience heaven on earth. That’s the miracle of giving: The giver AND the receiver both get a slice of heaven.

– Cynthia Kersey

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