31 days. Around the country. With nothing – including cash or food – but what he garners from people who offer on Craigslist. This is the premise of the documentary Craigslist Joe. I LOVE it.
Joe Garner sets out to see if the rumors that people are less connected than ever are true, and while I hate to spoil the film for you, I can tell you he proves those rumors wrong. For a full 31 days, he manages to find a place to stay every night; he eats fairly regularly; and he travels cross-country . . . twice.
Here’s why I love this film: it proves what I already know – People are generous and good-willed (most of the time) if we give them a chance to be so.
I’ve found this to be the case over and over again in my writing life. People recommend me for work (just started editing a book for a new client yesterday because of a friend’s recommendation.) People share my posts on FB and re-tweet my updates. People refer their friends to my classes . . . . and this happens every day.
When we give people the opportunity to be kind, we will find – over and over again – that they are.
So today, I want to prove that to you. Please, in the comments, tell me one way I can promote something you are doing. Maybe you have a website, maybe a book, maybe a cd. Maybe you want to get the word out about a great organization. Give me the link to your Facebook page or Twitter account if you want. Just tell me about the thing you care about and want to share, and I will promote it on my blog tomorrow as well as on Facebook and Twitter today. Who knows, maybe I”ll even get wacky and put some stuff up on Google+ and Pinterest, too.
What do you need help spreading the word about? Please, let me help you.
And let’s start here – Chad Gibbs has a donor who will give $10 for each Auburn Fan who goes to his Facebook page and writes “Roll Tide” there. That money will build a clinic for women and children in Haiti. He’s trying to raise $10,000, so spread the word to all the Auburn fans you know and let’s raise that money with Chad, shall we?