Humbled by HackersforCharity.org

So I was totally stoked to pick up an iPhone yesterday- I’m still completely jonesing for integrated digital goodness.  Surprise, *both* ATT stores I visit were out of stock (I’m still laughing).  After a long week on the road, I am just now catching up on blog reading (and laundry, expenses, etc- it’s a good way to spend a Saturday morning…).  I read one particular post that knocked me flat on my tail.

I met this guy named Johnny Long a couple years ago at a InfoWorld in the SF Bay area (after hearing his name it clicked *oh*, this is that google hacking dude.)  Cool guy.  Bigger heart.

Check out http://www.hackersforcharity.org Put it on your RSS feeder list if you’d like.  I have a couple of friends actively serving in Africa, and his most recent post reminded me how much help is needed over there.  We take our easy access to the web for granted, Johnny’s most recent post reminded me how completely commercially focused I can get.  (Whitney, if you’re out there- I hear you)

I spend most of my life working, thinking of work, and reading about work.  I have a hard time turning it off.  Sometimes I get so busy in my little world that I forget how much more there is to life.  People with a heart for service remind me how much I am missing out on.  Sometimes a little can go a long way- whether cash (check out what AOET Kenya can do with iPhone class fundage) or time (building websites, systems, access, etc)- we all have gifts, if we all pitch in, we can enable others on the front lines…

I know I need to be more active on these fronts (we all need to be doing SOMETHING to give back with the gifts we have been trusted with.)  Call it God, call it karma- regardless, I’m sure we would all rather be seen as grateful rather than spoiled, GET INVOLVED!!

Keep up the great work Johnny, I can’t wait to catch up at Defcon!

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