Photo courtesy of Charity:Water

I used to be afraid of failing at something that really mattered to me, but now I’m more afraid at succeeding at things that don’t matter.

I read that line last year in a book called Love Does by Bob Goff. A book about stopping all the chatter about love and putting it into action. And that one line…those 26 words…transformed the way I looked at this year’s Aperture Effect campaign.

If I’m fully honest, for the past two years I’ve both longed for and dreaded this time of year. Longed for it because I was so excited to partner with you and Charity:Water in helping fund a water project work, and dreaded it because I so feared that I’d fail. That I wouldn’t reach the goal.

But this year was different. I wasn’t afraid at all. This year, I embraced the idea that just one dollar raised would help to create some sort of change in a person’s life. That just one dollar…100 cents…was putting love into real action. And that was better than just talking about it.

And so thank you for joining me in doing love. For showing love. For giving 205 people a taste of fresh, cold love.

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