As you read this, I am in Jamaica for the Caribbean Yoga Conference, and I am here to speak about purpose.
I am in paradise, and yet, my heart mourns. Jody’s passing, along with Aaron Swartz’ recent passing, have both been a huge wake up call for me.
You see, I live in a “personal growth” bubble. My girlfriend Jenna and I are always in service. Our friends are, too. And our friends’ friends are. People that are attracted to what I do have the personal growth gene; they Love this stuff.
But, I am sobered in remembering that not everyone has the benefit or privilege to be able to do what I do and be immersed in this lifestyle.
I can’t help but think that one conversation with Jody, one more Loving email, a talk, could have prevented this huge loss. He had so much going for him. Awesome company. Amazing wife. Everybody loved him.
And yet, something was missing. What was it? I will never know, but what I can tell you is that something is stirring in me. I cannot sit idly by and watch my friends do this to themselves (this is my second friend who has taken their life).
I’m not sure what it is yet, but I am feeling the desire to bring these personal growth modalities and heath-based practices to the tech space. To assist the visionaries. To assist those who are pushing us forward. I cannot sit back knowing what I know and let this keep happening.
Death is not a topic that is popular. Considering the number of comments my blog yesterday got, not many people like to engage around the topic. I understand that you come here for inspiration and upliftment. I need it, too.
But if we cannot look at the dark side as well, then we are not seeing the full picture. I know this is not something that is limited to tech. This is a much bigger problem, but it seems like this is a space where I can have more influence immediately, since I am an Internet site founder/CEO as well as a personal growth practitioner.
This is one of those moments where I need to take my own advice: “The problems you see in the world are there so that you can solve them.”
The only reason someone takes their own life is because they believe that the future will not be as good as the present or the past. They have given up hope that a compelling future exists.
Whether it does or doesn’t, as we know, is totally up to the individual, because life is a reflection of what we make it.
I’m not sure where this will go, but if you are interested in helping with this, know about tech, etc., please leave a comment and let’s start the discussion.
Let’s help to inspire our visionaries and entrepreneurs!
Mastin Kipp is the founder and CEO of The Daily Love. Follow him on Twitter here.
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