"Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth." - Muhammad Ali
Those of you who have ever taken a Psychology class have undoubtedly heard of Abraham Maslow and his hierarchy of basic human needs, and for most people, even in this turbulent economy, basic physiological needs like food, clothing and shelter are things we take for granted. If you haven't heard of him, here is the quick and dirty compliments of Wikipedia.
It is often depicted as a pyramid consisting of five levels: the lowest level is associated with physiological needs, while the uppermost level is associated with self-actualization needs, particularly those related to identity and purpose. Deficiency needs must be met first. Once these are met, seeking to satisfy growth needs drives personal growth. The higher needs in this hierarchy only come into focus when the lower needs in the pyramid are met.
The reason I bring this guy up is because I think most people in this country often take for granted even the simplest things that some other people don't have. I know I do and every now and then I'm reminded of that. Such was the case Saturday night. I was invited to attend the Denver Kids Charity event at the Wine Loft in Denver. The purpose of this event was to simply raise money for high risk kids needing transportation to and from school.
Of course the Denver Kids group does so much more than just provided transportation. Their mentor programs and academic counselor programs serve the needs of over 800 at risk students in the Denver Public School System.
Their mission is to improve the lives of the kids they work with today and prepare them to be successful in the future. The Denver Kids group takes on some of the toughest challenges facing today's kids and they do it 365 days a year. For one night I got to be a part of their mission and it was an honor.
This event was co-organized by a remarkable group of woman who took time out of their personal lives too give back to their community. Jen A., Jen M., Brooke, Sandra and Tami - You guys ROCK!
The night was huge success. The drinks and food provided by the Wine Loft was amazing, especially the baked brie. I got to spend some time in the company of old friends and even made some new ones.
And as the night wore on into the wee hours of the morning and the party slowly died, hopefully we all went our separate ways knowing how lucky we all were and how much it means to acknowledge that luck by spending just a small amount of time in the service of others. Now that's AWESOME!!