So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.
~ Christopher Reeve
Almost a year ago we had the vision for the Global Hug Tour…..
2 people in a small prop plane, flying 31,000 miles around the world on a 5-month tour to gather inspiration, deliver 100,000 hugs and share millions with important non-profit causes.
We created a preliminary flight plan, an itinerary, identified the non-profits we wanted to help and actively searched for the funding. Knowing the cause was great; we created a team and believed the funding would show up.
It was much less important to know how it would happen than it was for us to understand why we were doing this.
Many of you have generously sponsored hugs for $10 on our site. Rest assured, every penny is in a dedicated account, untouched, waiting to be delivered to the causes once the tour begins.
We choose not to use any of these funds for the operational cost of the tour but rather fund the tour through sponsorship.
We knocked on the doors of corporate American only to be told, “Times are tough”. One company told us that what they love the most about the Global Hug Tour is that it’s never been done before, it’s crazy and it’s unproven. They went on to tell us that they can’t fund it because it’s never been done before, it’s crazy and it’s unproven. They were afraid to sponsor it for exactly the same reasons they loved it! They want to be first in line to sponsor Global Hug Tour #2, but we need funding for #1 or there won’t be a #2.
Over the last few months you may have noticed changes on the website where we’ve revamped the plan, downsized the tour and tried to make it more “doable”. Unfortunately, with each change, I became more disillusioned. As much as I tried, I couldn’t find the passion to do anything less then the original version.
Two weeks ago I had the opportunity to interview Guy Laliberte, founder of Cirque du Soleil. Interestingly enough, our interview via Skype took place while he was at the cosmonaut training facility in Star City, Russia, just an hour from Moscow, as he was in the final days of training for his 12-day mission to the International Space Center, blasting off on September 30th.
Guy is a man who doesn’t think small and who isn’t afraid of life. He plays BIG in everything that he does.
My interview with Guy was a reminder of what makes each one of us great. It was a wake up call for me that my playing small benefits no one.
For the past 6 months associates with good intentions, recommended that we down size the tour. With each compromise I felt like I was selling out.
Instead of holding onto my faith and the original dream that came to us, I whittled it down to fit in the possibility box of others. It was such a big idea that people were having a hard time wrapping their head around it. It was easier for them if we broke it down into segments. I allowed my size of my dream to be dictated by what others deemed possible. As the dream morphed into baby chunks and individual places, it lost the magic and luster for me of how it was born in the first place!
This dream came from asking ourselves, “What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail? How can we be of the greatest service to the world?” It never was about “What do we think we can do!”
I am committed to the vision that wants to be born through us. Believing that with faith and belief anything is possible, the last thing I want to do is compromise! I would rather do something and do it right, or not do it at all. Play big and play full-out, or go home.
The Global Hug Tour is a story that scares some people because it challenges their understanding of what’s possible. But, this story also captures the imagination because it is an outrageous idea!
Just as in 2006 we didn’t know how we were going to create and deliver all 18 miles of the World’s Longest Letter of Love and Support to our troops on a month-long tour to Iraq, today we don’t know how we’ll pull off the Global Hug Tour either.
Unfortunately, I had expectations. This process has been a lesson in letting go. I planned out the timing and was embarrassed when it didn’t show up as it “should” have.
My lesson in this is that the timing of the Universe and my timing may not always coincide. However, just because the timing is off- that doesn’t mean the dream is wrong or should be compromised, or that I should stop working to make it happen as it originally came to us.
I know from past experience that when the timing isn’t right, it just means the Universe has something better in store for us. Divine timing is always right!
My brother-in-law has a saying that everything works out in the end. If it hasn’t worked out yet, it’s not yet the end. So, I’m holding onto the original dream, in the form in which it came to us, and being open to finding a way to make it happen. You’ll notice the original dream is back on our website, where it should be.
What I can tell you is that the Global Hug Tour will happen. What I can’t tell you is when. This is in the hands of something much bigger than me.
And for me, in my surrender to the greater will of the Universe, there is peace. I know we’re back on track to bring this to the world.
I’m now at the point where I’m ready to allow it to happen rather than trying to make it happen. This Global Hug Tour has taken on a life of it’s own. It may have come through us, but it does not belong to us. This is here for the benefit of the whole wide world.
Funny thing is, by releasing my attachment to making this happen, I think something just shifted that will bring the funding to us with grace and with ease. Isn’t that how it always works anyway?
I am grateful to you for your continual love and support. We’ll keep you posted on the progress of the Global Hug Tour and I know that soon, we’ll get this off the ground- literally.
As always, your love and support are so greatly appreciated!