Marie Forleo introduction

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I'm Marie

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When you watch the news or talk about current events, what do you feel in your heart? Do you feel fear? Sadness? Frustration? Helplessness? No matter what your political beliefs, no one can argue that the world is incredibly divided right now.

But what if there were a way that we can begin to repair that? What if we could come together and focus on a project that has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with service and love and taking care of one another?

I have no doubt that more of us coming together in collaboration to do good can begin to heal the world. Which is why I’m inviting you to join me for another Love Flash Mob, just like what we did in 2016 for Mother’s Day.

If you are an American paying attention or you’re simply a human who cares about other humans, then you’re probably familiar with the opioid crisis. It’s a story that’s understandably been dominating headlines this year. The statistics are staggering:

In 2016, more than 64,000 people died of drug overdoses in America — that’s a higher death toll than guns, car crashes, and HIV/AIDS ever killed in one year in the US, and a higher death toll than all US military casualties in the Vietnam and Iraq wars combined.[source]

The more I began to investigate this issue, the more I began to see the deep stigma and judgment that surrounds a crisis of this nature. Many of us find it easy to turn our heads or close our hearts because we believe that people who use drugs are weak. That they’re suffering the consequences of their own poor choices.

But as we’re beginning to understand, it’s easier to get high in this country than it is to get help.  As my friend Karen Salmonson has said, “One of the ugliest things in the world is a human without compassion.”

Instead of arguing about who’s at fault — or worse, burying our heads in the sand — what if there were a third option? What if we could dive in and simply help? Watch my dear friend Glennon Doyle and I talk about this opioid crisis, our new Compassion Collective campaign, why it matters and what you can do to help.

With my whole heart, I hope you’ll join us for this Together Rising December Love Flash Mob. 100% of what you give goes straight to people in need. This year, we have two specific goals to support the opioid crisis:

1. Buy a home in Rochester, NH so pregnant and parenting women have a transitional place to stay in after finishing their recovery at Hope on Haven Hill. While HHH has been an incredible lifeline, these women need somewhere safe to stay after they graduate from the intensive care program. Let’s do everything in our power to make sure they and their children don’t end up back on the street. This is about helping to break the cycle of poverty and addiction.

2. Help cover the costs at Martha’s Place, a long-term home for women recovering from drug addiction. Let’s get the maximum number of women pursuing their recovery and futures at this sacred space — nicknamed “Resurrection Intersection” —in one of the most troubled parts of Baltimore.

Two projects, two very different communities — one singular goal of making life a little bit better for women and children who have been taken down by addiction. These women desperately want help, but have so far been unable to find anyone, or anywhere, to turn to.

We can show up with our hearts, our compassion and do the next right thing for them.

Slowly, one “next thing” at a time, we can heal the pain and suffering in our world.  Are you willing to get involved in a project that has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with service and love and taking care of each other, before we decide whether someone is “worth it?”

I know many of you aren’t in the United States, but before you dismiss this as “an American problem,” know that the opioid crisis is starting to bleed into Canada, too. Sadly, there’s a good chance it will extend across the globe as pharmaceutical companies aspire to sell their drugs internationally.

Here’s What You Can Do — Right Now

If helping these women is something that moves you, please join us by taking one or both of these steps.

1. SHARE WHAT YOU CAN.

Visit Together Rising and contribute $5, $10, $15 or $25 dollars (which is the max). Know that 100% of what you give will go directly to this campaign.

2. USE YOUR VOICE.

Spread the word in whatever way feels best to you. Whether over your kitchen table, a cup of coffee, via text, email or on social media, please invite your friends and family to join in.

Here are a few tweets you can use, or have fun by writing your own:

“The world is not changed by our opinions but it is changed by our love.” Join me and @MarieForleo @GlennonDoyle and more for this #LoveFlashMob #TogetherRising #CompassionCollective pls RT

Grace and love don’t make a checklist before deciding who’s worthy. Join me and @MarieForleo @GlennonDoyle for this #LoveFlashMob #opioidcrisis pls RT

Slowly, one “next thing” at a time, we can heal the pain and suffering in our world. Join me and @MarieForleo @GlennonDoyle for this #LoveFlashMob #opioidcrisis pls RT

Program note: I’m honored and grateful to share this opportunity with you as a proud member of Together Rising’s Compassion Collective, along with my friends Glennon Doyle, Liz Gilbert, Cheryl Strayed, Brené Brown, Abby Wambach and even more great folks.

If you have further, specific questions that aren’t answered here — please email the team at Together Rising directly at contact @ togetherrising.org. They are the extremely hardworking, dedicated angels who are tireless in their dedication to research and vet the organizations we’re supporting, as well as distributing the funds raised. As I share in the video…

Naturally, I’d love you to join us for this holiday Love Flash Mob. But if — for whatever reason — this issue or campaign doesn’t inspire your heart, use this as a catalyst to find something that does.

Look around your community and find an issue that needs more support. Then act. Instead of us saying, “Oh, that’s so heartbreaking — someone should do something,” let’s try this. Let’s say, “That’s so heartbreaking. What can I do to help?”

In the comments below, I’d love to know:

What’s your next right thing?

If you’re joining us in this Love Flash Mob, leave a comment below and tell us you’re in. Also, if this inspires you to find somewhere to contribute something — your voice, your time, your resources — I’d love to hear about that too.

Remember, share as much detail as possible in your reply. Thousands of incredible souls come here each week for insight and inspiration, and your support of this campaign may help inspire someone else to act, too.

Important: share your thoughts and ideas directly in the comments. Links to other posts, videos, etc. will be removed.

As Glennon says so beautifully in our interview: “Heartbreak is your clue into what’s next.”

Thank you for sharing with your heart, mind and voice to be a force for good in this world. Thank you for showing up here each week and helping me learn more, grow more and do more.

With so much love,

XO

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129 comments

  1. Thank you for sharing this! What a beautiful idea and yes we need to find a way to heal the divide in our society and your Love Mob is a beautiful way to do just that.

    Thank you for sharing your heart, your passion, your strength, all that makes you you with all of us in the world Marie. You truly are a beautiful soul and a beautiful inspiration.

    • Heather-Team Forleo

      Thank YOU for being a part of this beautiful community, Monica. You and your heart are what makes this work come to life.

  2. Thank you Marie, Glennon, and everyone at Together Rising! I just made a contribution and am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of something bigger to help others.

    • Heather-Team Forleo

      Thank you so much for your support, Lee. Collectively, we can make magic happen today and everyday. xo

  3. So glad I saw this on my YouTube feed today. We’re doing similar work with our newly formed nonprofit, NorthBound & Co. NorthBound is a community-based approach to helping the marginalized in our society – addicts, homeless, etc. Happy to hear that others are answering the call to love our neighbors.

  4. Rene McKay

    Hi Marie and Glennon!

    I woke up this morning feeling crummy, but your emails are always full of such possibility and hope. While this topic is not “fun” to talk about it’s so important that we, as Glennon mentioned, run toward our compassion, to those in need instead of shying away from the pain. I am so grateful that you have all chosen to use your social platforms to shed some much needed light on the darker issues of our world. My day is starting on a stronger foot than it would have had I not opened your email, and it feels good knowing My donation will play a part toward the betterment of other women and their children.

    -With intense gratitude, René M from Saskatchewan, Canada 🇨🇦.

    • Heather-Team Forleo

      Thank you for joining us today, René. See, we can turn our days around by lifting up others and you are true testament to that. xo

  5. WHOA!!!!! I am a woman in long-term recovery from addiction + have been working as a national advocate for YEARS—> I am SO grateful and excited about this campaign. Will be sending an email ASAP about how you can share this campaign with the largest addiction recovery platforms in our global space! I’m also the Founder of the “PinkCloud Collective” which is a sacred space for women in recovery entrepreneurs to learn, grow, and impact the world together!!! Your campaign is right up our alley. In fact, I just hosted a “Goals with Soul” retreat and I talked at length about your (Marie) inspiration on my work over the years. The women are going to FLIP OUT when they see this campaign. I’d love to connect them to you and connect you to us!!!

    • Heather-Team Forleo

      Thank you for sharing this Love Flash Mob, Kimber. What amazing work you’re doing – WOW! You and your generous heart are impacting so many lives and you should be so proud. When you triumph and share your gifts- that’s how you change the world. Sending you a HUGE hug and all of our best wishes. xo

  6. I think this is fabulous and so needed, but to me this is just the beginning. The second step is career training. Are there any plans to help the women find their passion and act on it? You’re all about that, Marie, but I didn’t hear any mention of this in the video. I grew up extremely poor on Chicago’s south side, but I went on to have a highly paid position in electronics and now I’m an author. Both of those paths were taken because someone showed me the way, and believed in me. Without a path for these brave women to make a good living, they won’t succeed. Do you know if Martha’s Place will also offer some kind of career training?

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      Hi there, Mary. You’re so right, Marie is all about action and we love how your heart and mind are thinking long-term for this amazing project. It’s clear that your own personal experience is one that gives a beautiful perspective for others.

      Glennon and the Together Rising Team have put together an extensive post about both of the projects that will be supported through today’s flash mob and we would suggest checking it out here —> http://momastery.com/blog/2017/12/12/we-cant-fix-everything/

      As they’re the team administering the support money, they welcome any questions that you may have at contact@togetherrising.org. And as always, we’re just an email away as well at info@marieforleo.com
      Thank you for watching, reading, and sharing your heart. It means more than you will ever know.

  7. After watching your conversation today, I reached out to volunteer my coaching skills at an org here in my own community of Rochester, NY that helps victims of human trafficking. Thank you Marie + Glennon for the inspiration and last push I needed to do this NOW. You 2 beautiful souls ROCK!

  8. This is a fantastic idea! I really want to participate!

    Where I live, we’re just recovering from a dictator and still have hangovers like internet spending limits. Instead of donating, I’m going to call a friend’s immunologist and talk him into a trial that, if current lit is correct, could provide a cheap, permanent cure for several painful autoimmune disorders that doctors usually prescribe opiates for. If I reduce our national need for oxy by training doctors to use better treatment strategies, your drug companies won’t have a market here. I hope. Also, I’d win science if I did that, and that would be a cool addition to my obituary.

  9. Cannot thank you enough for this initiative. It took me losing my daughter in the opioid crisis to become aware of it. She didn’t die from it, but her story of how hard it was to remove herself from it is powerful. This is part of why I’m hosting a conference in Dallas on March 10, 2018 – The Power of One: Encouraging conscious living by celebrating those who are living consciously. And why I’ve invited Tracey Helton Mitchell who wrote The Big Fix, the story of her own heroin addiction to be on the stage with others fighting this tragic wave. I love this so much. My definition of conscious living: choosing to use your time, talent, money, gifts and energy to make the world a better place. No specific spirituality or religion necessary, yet no specific spirituality nor religion can keep you from that responsibility. And it’s why we’re starting a series called Conscious Humans. As you said: There are so many people doing good work in the world. And we must focus on supporting them in their work instead of the devastation.

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      Christine, I’m so sorry for the loss of your daughter. Such an unimaginable loss and yet here you are with such heart and courage working to make the world a better place. Thank you for doing such beautiful work. xo

  10. This is wonderful! I just wish the drug companies that are responsible for this crisis were as generous, then we could solve this problem far faster.

  11. Belinda

    I am excited to have seen this, this morning. I am in!
    I have been fortunate to not have dealt with this in my family and have had friends who have and felt so hopeless, I just gave my donation and couldn’t feel better, woman helping woman!

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      Thank you for being a part of our #LoveFlashMob, Belinda. Sending you loads of love from all of us to you.

  12. I’M IN!
    Kimber just tagged me in a post and I “squeed” because I love love love Marie and Glennon equally. I’m a B-school devotee and a #lovewarrior in recovery. Like Kimber, I’m invested in social impact and change4good – I’m the founder of The Sobriety Collective and I helped Kimber put on a retreat in Austin, TX for women in recovery who have social impact causes or businesses close to their hearts. My goal for 2018 is to attract abundance in all forms – love, kindness, health, and in return, I believe my material “wealth” will also expand as right now I’ve been living the paycheck to paycheck life and I say no more to that! So even if I can’t donate loads of financial resources to the #CompassionCollective, you have my heart and my voice and they are FAR REACHING!

    xo,
    Laura

  13. Just thank you for the much needed attempt at re-framing the current state of things, and trying to encourage re-focusing towards positive action. I am Canadian, and it is perhaps even more frustrating to be completely powerless over here, but still see the impacts of what is happening next door, and of course, we also have our own issues here.

  14. Thank you so much for spreading this message! I had no idea about this crisis but it has moved me to take action. Thanks to everyone at the Marie Forleo team and Together Rising team for being such awesome, giving, compassionate people. Bless you all!

  15. Marie, you are an angel and your sister is also someone very special. Thanks so much for your GREAT IDEAS WE ALL NEED!!!

  16. I think this is a wonderful idea. I have been looking for another cause to donate to, and I am seriously thinking about this being the next one; however, I want to make sure that it doesn’t just tackle a certain demographic. We have enough of that going on in our country, there’s an old saying that when “america gets a cold, black people get the flu”, I am hopeful this is help for ALL women, because that is the way true service operates.

    Thanks again for sharing, and keep up the awesome work.

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      Hi Danielle! We love the fact that you’re thinking so consciously about your donation. Glennon and her team wrote a very comprehensive post about both projects that I think answers this specific question you have, in addition to others. You can read it here —> http://momastery.com/blog/2017/12/12/we-cant-fix-everything/

      Thank you for being a part of our beautiful community. Happy Holidays to you and yours.

  17. Sandy

    Hello Marie and Team Forleo;
    Thank you for sharing valuable information about the opioid crisis. Compassion is the most significant power in the universe. Will forward to my followers and tweet it out. I will participate with your organization and connect with others who are going thru pain and suffering. I know how it feels when I could not find the help but thank goodness for one person who has humanity.

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      Thank you for your kindness and generosity, Sandy. We can do the next right thing- together. xo

  18. Susie Seldis

    LOVE FLASHMOP! YESSSS! THAT IS WHAT WE NEED ON THIS PLANET RIGHT NOW! 🙂 TNAHK YOU!

  19. Laurais

    So much of our attention and effort gets focused on women’s well-being, so little on men’s. It’s as though men have become an expendable resource, no great loss when they’re lost. And nowadays you have only to accuse to convict. We – collectively — may pay a heavy price for this waste and shortsightedness. Wishing these projects well, but I’ll be a #LoveFlashMob, possibly of one, to an effort to afford help to men who may be equally in need.

  20. Dear Marie I am acquiring and researching all the abandoned buildings in the town of George West Texas where I am at the moment I am looking to open a motel / Coffee House in the original West Motel that George West built himself I want and plan and will open a jewelry store carrying find diamonds silver gold rubies amethyst pearls aquamarine among other things and angels and maybe pottery and some hypnosis then in the back of that across the tracks is in a band in train depot that I am turning into a meditation Studio / massage therapy / Glitz & Glam hair styling / homeless shelter and the list goes on

  21. I made a small donation to Together Rising. I hope that it can help those who need it. Thank you for doing what you do, Marie. So much love to you!

    • Heather-Team Forleo

      Thank you for your beautiful support, Nalana. We appreciate it so much. xo

  22. Addiction to prescribed opiates is definitely a problem in the UK, though it has yet to gain as much traction as in north America. That said, UK opioid prescriptions rose from 3 million a year in 1991 to 23 million in 2014, so it’s pretty clear what lies ahead…

    There are few resources for those who’ve become addicted and a scandalous lack of information out there — either for the public in general, those being prescribed, or those who do the prescribing. What support there is mainly at expensive residential detox centres, so most who have become addicted are left to suffer — and indeed die — without help.

    On a personal note, I took prescribed co-codamol a few years ago when my back went into spasm and I was struggling to move. I honestly thought I would die, so severe and frightening were the side effects from just one tablet. That experience taught me in a matter of minutes that you absolutely don’t mess with this stuff, but I know people who are not affected in this way who go on to pop co-codamol and tramadol like candy.

    You have given me food for thought — involuntary prescription drug abuse, over-prescribing, and medicalising in general are causes close to my heart already and I’m now wondering what contribution I might be able to make in raising awareness and offering support in the UK…

    Thank you Marie, for all that you do x

    • Heather-Team Forleo

      Eugenie- It truly is a problem all over the world. One thing that we see in the United States is our pharmaceutical companies play a pretty large role in this issue, which may also be a problem in the UK as well. When we look introspectively as to how we can help others, all it takes is one person believing in another. Your heart shines through your words so I know you will be able to help others in unique and special ways. We’re honored to have you in our community.

  23. Our #LoveFlashMob is focused on providing hope and healing to those impacted by domestic violence and abuse. We made a quick video that we’d love to share with you (how?). In our line of work – we educate about the importance of healthy relationships and in providing victims (both men and women) with tools and techniques (such as boundaries and coping methods) that allow individuals to be empowered. We focus on understanding, healing and recovery from the impact of intimate partner abuse by providing a safe and supportive environment where individuals can re-examine their present psychological well-being and their possible future choices they are considering to make.

  24. Bonnie

    Thanks for giving us the opportunity to help- right now I’m unemployed and feel especially helpless and powerless, so having the chance to make a difference with only $5 is not only good for them, but empowering for me. Nothing feels better than being able to give someone else a helping hand.

    • Heather-Team Forleo

      Bonnie, you took the time to give and THAT makes a huge difference. That’s how you change the world. Thank you for giving from the heart. xo

  25. Marie & Glennon,
    So thrilled that you are moving in this direction. The women from my church and another close by bring casseroles every month to Martha’s Place to support these women. We also have been highly involved with serving dinners at Martha’s Place, and bringing helpful classes to teach and encourage these women from health to finances to creative pursuits. Thank you!

    • Heather-Team Forleo

      We love hearing that, Betsy! Thank YOU for sharing so much with the women of Martha’s Place. xo

  26. I’ve met the staff at Hope on Haven Hill several times at local baby expos and I had been meaning to volunteer to provide child sleep education to their residents. Thanks for the kick in the butt and reminder – I just reached out to start exploring opportunities! Great works, ladies! <3

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Beautiful, Christine! It’s wonderful that you’re planning to use your knowledge and expertise to help the families at Hope on Haven Hill. Thank you for contributing your gifts and for being a part of spreading the love! XO

  27. Danielle

    My husband and I are engaged in a volunteer ministry work. Many are finding comfort in the fact that although things seem out of control, there is a bright future that God has promised!

  28. Sudheer

    Dear Marie,
    Your mail and video is an impact on entrepreneurs. Your wide experiences to all is the gift to all
    Glennon added to wonderful inspiration to this episode.
    Blessings and love to you.
    Warm Regards,
    Sudheer.

  29. E L

    Luke 4:18-19
    Men and women need to move into action. We’re listening and praying.
    E L
    God is Light and Love!

  30. Ines

    Dear Maria and Glennon1
    So lovely what you do! I am really happy to see people doing something that matters, because I too see each day so many people that are addicted, in our country it is an alcohol, which kills more people than accidents etc.
    It is really important at this time, to bring people together with love and kindness, I truly believe love is the cure for everything. I am happy and I am supporting your project! I Hope that more project like this would come to life.

    Thank you! with love, from SLOVEnia. <3
    Ines

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Thank you for your kind words, Ines, and for supporting this project! We’re so happy to hear that you’re bringing people together with love and kindness in your country as well. Never underestimate the positive ripple effect this will have upon the world as a whole. Sending you big love in Slovenia!

  31. Annie

    I’m LOVING this inspiration to put action and light into the darkness and pain. Whatever is going on, it is palpable and it takes a conscious intention to feed our hearts and minds with love and compassion rather than fear and anger. THANK YOU..Marie and Glennon for being a Lighthouse so others can see path to action and doing. In Portland Oregon, there is an organization called Camp to Belong for foster siblings. A week long camp that allows siblings who have been separated experience a week together, stay connected and celebrate birthdays, and holidays they otherwise miss. The LOVE that is poured out by the directors and councilors is changing lives..giving hope, courage and love that they belong and are not alone! I’m inspired today by the platform here..warm hugs to all of you making a difference in the world. Feeling grateful and blessed to feel LOVE for one another. Keep shining bright! Xo

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Thank you for these beautiful words, Annie, and for believing in the power of sharing love and compassion. You are undoubtedly a bright light in this world, too! Camp to Belong sounds like such a wonderful initiative for supporting foster siblings; we appreciate you sharing about it with us here. We’re so grateful to have you in our world! xoxo

  32. Jenise Jaikins

    Maria & Glennon, Thank you so much for opening my eyes to truly how immense of a crisis this is and for providing the opportunity for others to help. I’ve made a donation and am inspired to help others do the same.

    #LoveFlashMob is a bright & shiny star of hope!
    Peace, Love & Happiness,
    Jenise

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Wonderful Jenise! We deeply appreciate your generosity in giving to this cause and participating in our #LoveFlashMob. Thank you for sharing your heart, and together let’s keep on spreading that love!

  33. Julie Woods

    Even though I give my heart to 3 non-profits in my area, I always feel like I could be doing more. The opioid crisis is so strong in my area, and I do not feel like I am doing much to help. I have a personal connection with this problem as my boyfriend is a former addict. I have seen first hand what that does to a person and to their family, and I have seen that recovery and a new life is possible.

    One way I want to make a difference is to become a foster parent. I have felt called to be a foster parent for 5+ years, but as someone who has zero parenting experience, I am terrified that I will be biting off more then I can chew. I am terrified that I will not make the impact I want because I will not be able to handle the issues presented to me. I am a 32 year old childless woman with little desire for children of my own, however, I cannot stop thinking about this foster parent mission.

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Julie, I can tell from what you’ve shared just how generous and compassionate of a person you are. How beautiful that this issue and the hope of a new life resonate with you on such a deep level, thank you for sharing that. We absolutely encourage you to give wherever you feel called to, and we understand that becoming a foster parent is a huge decision. I have a feeling you may find this episode of MarieTV helpful: https://www.marieforleo.com/2017/03/getting-started/. You are capable of so much more than even you know, and also know that you’re already making an incredibly positive impact on the world, simply by being you 🙂

      • Julie Woods

        Thank you Julia! That made my day 🙂

  34. Beth

    I love this so much. I joined the flash mob! Easy. I hope it money and spirits today!

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Yay Beth!! Thank you SO much for sharing your love and generosity.

  35. I’m joining. You ladies are such an inspiration to me. And you’re right. This is a problem, no one is talking about it and it affects so many of us, myself included, on a very personal level. Thank you for giving us so many good opportunities to help in such a very tangible way.

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Thank you, Jenna. Your generosity and willingness to help inspires us! Sending you much love and wishes for a beautiful holiday season.

  36. Jorge

    I’m so happy to see your practicing empathy and encouraging people to do the same using your voices. I genuinely can’t understand how foreign people can dismiss this problem just because it doesn’t happen in their country. Although I’ve myself faced empathic failure countless times based on the same ground. It’s just a shield people use to numb their vulnerability that recognizing our shared humanity implies. And sympathy serves the same purpose.

  37. Thank you for creating this program! I’m a Recovery Coach through DarJune Recovery Community in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Their work over the last 3 years continues to grow through Recovery Coaching Trainings, a Sober Cafe, our first Sober Living house for Women, and much more. We also struggle with funding, and are creating for the New Year! This huge problem and also what sits behind the addictions, the wounds to be healed and it’s going to take all of us to show up to do it, with great love and compassion!

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Of course, Antonia, we’re happy to help in any way we can. The work you’re doing through the DarJune Recovery Community sounds absolutely incredible and we deeply admire your dedication to helping our fellow humans in all the ways you do! Thank you for pouring your love and compassion into this very worthy cause every single day.

  38. Thank you Marie and Glennon for bringing awareness to these issues. We know the importance of sharing your message so that we can globally create change. As co-founder of the Hero Intelligence Agency, our focus is to reach youth at early ages to openly start conversations around mental health, drug addiction, and how they can love themselves regardless of their environment. By discovering their own “Superpower” they can uncover their inner potential and then project that outwards into the world. So many people lose their way, and if we can work together to reach them and help them find their way “home” we can truly make an impact. Together we CAN… xo

  39. Marie, this is lovely. Thank you so much for sharing, and I look forward to making a donation. As for spreading love and light, this season I am celebrating religious freedom. So whenever someone wishes us a “Happy Holidays”, we can respond with “Long live religious freedom! Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Happy Solstice, Merry Kwanza to you!” While I won’t go into the details here, the current threats to our religious freedoms are also very real, and this is another major issue that many people are not talking about. So, happy holidays to you… and, long live religious freedom!

  40. Hi, this topic is so important I am a mother of four and my ex husband is currently in jail for meth manifacturing, I was raised pretty sheltered and I was very neieve when I got married at 21. I didnt even have a concept or understand about the drug world and addiction, I was schooled pretty quick. I am a bit of a hippy and smoked a bit but I did not partake in the pills and meth, he ran the streets and I was at home baking bread and doing arts and craft projects with the kids. I was outcast by my family was assumed to be tagging right along with my husband. Breast feeding and birthing 4 kids on a vegitarian diet caused my teath to loose calsum this resulted in holes, a dentist who fixed them a few years ago said that he noticed my gums and complexon and could tell my teeth problem was from that and not drugs but it was always assumed that I was lost too. I gained an enormous amount of strength from my experience, towards the end my ex-turned abusive, I left with my kids and a car full of clothes and that was it. I had no family to turn too but I found my way. It was fucking tough, I still come across those people that think that they know me just because of what they have heard. But from this, I also educated myself and got a Doula (labor coach) certification, and Reiki attunement, and a yoga teacher certification, my 3 home vbac births changed me deeply, my passion is to help mothers believe in themselves and show proof that there is a way out of that world. Please let me know what I can do, I am working on a book right now about my experience, and I am not shy when it comes to sharing you don’t know what you don’t know. Thank you for bringing this up.
    In light and love- Amanda
    theholisticdoula.org

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Amanda, thank you so much for sharing your story here and everywhere you do so bravely. We’re very sorry to hear about the difficulties you’ve been through while raising your (4!) beautiful children, and I can tell from what you’ve shared just how strong, determined, hard-working, and resilient you are. You continuing to share your story and helping fellow mothers see hope, to believe in themselves, is such a gift. Keep doing what you do and sharing your light with the world – you inspire us!

  41. Gina

    Hey Marie

    Thanks so much for this lovely post. I was inspired to donate to an Aussie charity called Life changing experiences foundation which helps teenage girls at risk, so much appreciated. Love to you all and the work you do.

    Gina

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Wonderful, Gina – we’re so glad to hear this inspired you to give where you feel called! The Life Changing Experiences Foundation sounds like they’re doing fantastic work to help girls at risk. Thank you for sharing your generosity and being an amazing part of our world!

  42. Daniel Pereira

    Thank you Marie for this video with Glennon. I would love to contribute to the excellent video discussion I would like to add my thinking on the subject.

    Yes is extremely sad the fact that children in today date are committing suicide on a minute basis because of drugs, guns etc. And there is no government that it has a bit of caring or compassion to help these children that they are the future of the Country. Yes there is millions spend in luxury to an extreme, in the mean time to create more centres to help the future of the Country does not exist, or the little bit that exists is a drop in the ocean that does not cover the present need for proper education.

    It is amazing with so much development in so many areas in this world in the meantime people have not learned how teach themselves and the children to love themselves first before they start loving the others.

    When we talk about love, we are not talking about hugs and kisses only. We are talking about Honesty, Sincerity, Compaction, Wiliness, Help, Gratitude, Recognition, Forgiveness, Giving, Understanding and a few more. Then if you manage to have all of this principals in you at least 60%, then you are ready to start to help the others, with conviction that you are doing a excellent job to bring happiness and mental peace to the next one for a better life in this world.

    Today children are still not taught to think for themselves, to be able to guide, to defend, to research, to appreciate the simple things and the danger that surrounds them, be able to think in a progressive manner, to take care of themselves and obstacles created by others, and many more.

    And you know who fault it is!!!? Ours grown-up we carry on ignoring to teach the children that there is so many a things in this life that it is worth look in to it for their benefit to survive in the future that is continually being ignored.

    Electronic development is necessary for the life that we have at present and future. But we need to teach ourselves the proper manner of utilization of such electronic equipment on our daily lives at all ages. We are cutting personal communication and interaction at all levels, no matter where you will go one sees more people trying to read or send messages on their phones then paying attention or communicating with the next person, or appreciate what it surrounds them.

  43. Love love love this. Love it. Love. What an important cause to support and educate ourselves about. Marie and Glennon, I’m so happy you’re bringing attention to this in the wonderful way you do. Addiction is hard enough and tempting enough, why make it easier for people to screw up their lives, life is hard enough already! The availability and ease for any one of us to start using opioids and keep using them is astounding. What’s more rare is the compassion, support, encouragement, practical help for people to grow strong and confident spiritually, mentally, physically to live life on a soul level. I applaud you Marie for not shying away and for being real about what’s going on, for encouraging people to grow. I’m a musician, yoga teacher, meditation teacher and I would love if the music that I make helps one person in any way to help reduce stress and bring a sense of well-being and joy to their lives.

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Thank you so much, Anna, your words mean a lot to us. Keep doing the amazing, important work you do to bring joy and well-being to others on a holistic level! I guarantee that your music has already helped countless others in ways you may not know 🙂 Grateful to be connected with you!

  44. This world has every chance to be and keep growing a better place if we stand close to each other, if we listen and watch out carefully for each other, reach out to one another and take over responsibility for what`s going on outside our “garden fence”. No matter what place on earth we were born, what background we have or circumstances we find ourselves living in, what struggles and obstacles we call our own – TOGETHER we are strong, much stronger than any political system ! Thanks a lot for sharing this campaign! Of course, I am in!
    No one in need of help on this planet is “unworthy ” to be heard, helped, cared of and to be lifted up!
    What WE don`t do will not happen! Let`s make love and hope rule our world and change happen! Love from Berlin, Anna
    ( with heartfelt gratitude for feeling connected to you “partners in soul and mind”)

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Yes, yes, YES! Thank you so much for your heart, Anna. It’s beautiful and we’re thrilled you’re in our community.

  45. Hey Marie!
    I’m super empathic, and when I hear about things that are going around the world, I tend to shut down. It’s hard for me because I feel everything SO deeply, and it hurts so much and gets really overwhelming. I wish I could save everybody.

    But I absolutely LOVE how you use your large platform to help make a difference. And it’s great how you make it super actionable, straightforward and simple for me to help. Thanks to you, I’ve had the ability to contribute to a few really good causes this year.

    Thank you for all you do Marie and team! I love you guys!

  46. This world has every chance to be and keep growing a better place if we stand close to each other, if we listen and watch out carefully for each other, reach out to one another and take over responsibility for what`s going on outside our “garden fence”. No matter what place on earth we were born, what background we have or circumstances we find ourselves living in, what struggles and obstacles we call our own – TOGETHER we are strong, much stronger than any political system ! Thanks a lot for sharing this campaign! Of course, I am in!
    No one in need of help on this planet is “unworthy ” to be heard, helped, cared of and to be lifted up!
    What WE don`t do will not happen! Let`s make love and hope rule our world and change happen! Love from Berlin, Anna
    ( with heartfelt gratitude for feeling connected to you “partners in soul and mind”)

  47. Patricia

    This was such a moving and informative video. I have been shocked and heartbroken by some of these atrocities going on in our time but I have felt so powerless as a single person to make a difference. I love the message of helping those and reaching out to our community (in a way to the universe) to say “this breaks my heart” and the community/universe comes back and says “let’s do something about it.” That gave me strength and empowerment that I don’t have to do this alone.

    I love the sound of these amazing organizations that are making a difference in our community. Breaking past the pity (I loved that distinction between pity and compassion, by the way) and stepping into compassion. Thank you Marie, Team Forleo, and Glenddon Doyle for all your amazing work and making the world a better place. You are an inspiration and role model for this gal!

  48. Laureen Guerriero

    I am in and will share. Thanks for the inspiration and work for GOOD!💚❤️

  49. Celeste Garrison

    Maries and Glenon what a beautiful cause to bring attention. I am a online student at Grand Canyon University and live in Fredericksburg Virginia. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Substance Abuse Counseling but haven’t been able to find a clinical practium. I would like nothing more than to fill this last step of my program so that I can make a difference in someone’s life. I am asking for help in getting this clinical practium so that I can help those that are suffering from addiction. I hear about the opioid epidemic but nothing about sites that are helping those who has gotten the education to become certified as a CSAC . Is there any way you can help me?

    • Hailey - Team Forleo

      Wonderful, Celeste! Congratulations on earning your Bachelor’s Degree and taking the next steps toward your dreams of becoming a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor. It’s clear that you have a huge heart for serving others and we’re grateful for your commitment to this important work.

      Certification and licensing requirements can vary greatly by State or employer, so I’d love to encourage you to look into local programs that may be tailored to your specific needs. You can find more information on graduate and licensing programs here: https://www.counselor-license.com/education/counseling-degrees.html

      In addition, I’d love to encourage you to contact a guidance counselor through your school who may be able to provide some additional information on accredited licensing programs near you. We’ll all be sending you our very best wishes and cheering you on!

  50. Regina S Islas

    Doing the next right thing: working with ACLU People Power locally on Voter Rights Policies, making calls to Alabama Voters, also involved w/local groups on affordable housing (in the SF Bay Area)being a Citizen Activist! Doing what needs to be done locally & nationally❤️

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Right on, Regina! <3

  51. Debbie Evans

    “The world is not changed by our opinions, it’s changed by our love.” – LOVE.this..!

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Such a beautiful quote. I’m so glad it spoke to your heart! <3

  52. Standing ovation! Yes, yes, yes. I love this response to what is really going on all around us. Don’t close your eyes, open your heart. Follow the pull of your heartstrings and your life will be richer and more authentic. Yep, I’m in. Thank you beautiful women warriors…all of you, not just Marie and Glennon, but all of you here today responding out of love and compassion, the antidote we need to all the greed and hate. Thank you for the reminder, the inspiration, and the opportunity to join this brilliant flash mob.

  53. Katrin

    Thank you Marie for supporting the work of your soul sister and raising awareness for us all to be people of kindness and compassion! I love the quote you discussed and the addition of your friend’s comments about compassion being empathy with action! That touched me deeply.
    While I cannot contribute financially right now I am using my voice and taking action in my own community here in Australia – where we have so much local need. My work is in supporting families raising their children (especially those most vulnerable – the abused, neglected and forgotten) so that all children can be given the opportunity to have a childhood filled with love, fun and opportunity for a bright future. For me that is all about early childhood education and the art of simply being – with mindfulness being the key to that.
    I wish you every success with your flash mob project and thank you (from the bottom of my heart) for the beautiful, heart-felt work that you do every day.
    Let’s keeping spreading love, joy and kindness – and all take action today! x
    Katrin
    x

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Using your voice is a great way to make a difference, Katrin! Thank you for speaking out and spreading love. <3

  54. Good for you ladies! Yes, yes, yes, action instead of complaining about something and not doing anything to change the situation. We don’t need to do BIG things to make of this world a better place. To start by changing the words we say is a good start. If I’m talking about hope, talking with my heart instead of with my head only, my world and that of others will change.

    A friend of mine have been diagnosed with Alzheimer. She had a dream, to write a book, but not in a position to write it anymore. She has so much to offer to the world. Iproposed to help her by preparing short encapsulated messages and put them on the Internet under the name “The Drawers of Cécile” (in french) .She loved the idea and found the name. And as she said it so well, let’s do it “Before the drawers of my memory can all close without my consent”. I posted the 1st video on You Tube this week.

    Each and everyone of us can improve someone’s world, so to make this world a better place to live in. If you can help the project Hope in Haven Hill, great! If not, look around you and see where you can be of service. Your own world, and the world will be greatly improved.

  55. Hello, you say when you are watching news or speaking current events what you feel do you feel fear,sadness frustration? Yes we feel all of them sadness frustration and fear, there’s no security,no Education, in our society.some people are killing and kidnapping us from several ways, when I was born in our country I’m hearing these words killing, abdicating,hitting innocent people.from that time I didn’t feel rest. In this situation how I get education which I see bomb blasting and killing innocent people? It will be very good pleasure for if we have security and educated people in our country like now your all society education,security, piety. Here in our country in hand of every person is gun, knives, instead of pen and books.now I’m 27th if I tell you my whole life story you start crying. Some time when I’m reading your emails my eyes are full of tears, I’m saying Why our country don’t have security and educated people. Thanks Hamdard Enayatullah

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      I’m so sorry for the hardship your country is facing. We long for a world when everyone can feel safe, valued, appreciated, cared for, and allowed to thrive and we sincerely hope things get better soon. You absolutely deserve safety, security, and an education.

      I know it can be hard not to feel hopeless when there’s so much destruction around you, so please know that we’re holding you in our hearts. Our team and our whole community are sending so much love your way. We believe in you and care about you. Please don’t give up. Marie made a video about how to find strength in an uncertain world and I hope you’ll find it helpful: https://www.marieforleo.com/2017/04/courage-to-keep-going/

  56. Hi Marie,

    I’m so glad that your turning your attention to this situation, most people will just turn a blind eye and pretend like nothings wrong and get on with their day. And that’s exactly where the problem begins. There is a big lack of heart in this world, and it’s the bullies on top who are creating big problems for the rest of the world!

    How do you try to beat these bullies? The world is made up of boards. Non-profit, for profit, big corporations…. and that’s where its at!
    Because, seriously, we all have the choice to give out great things to this world, or put out crap. You wouldn’t believe how many people just don’t care.

    I’m not saying this without experiencing it. I was on opiods for 2 years (almost 9 years ago), and the reason I was was because that’s the only thing that could help my pain. It basicly set up to never succeed in the world. You have to know and believe that you are worth it.

    But, definitely look into getting on boards, that’s the only way to make a very big change.

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Thank you so, SO much for sharing, Marcia, especially since this is something so close to your heart. Getting on boards is a great idea! You are worth it and we’re so glad you’re in a better place now. <3

  57. David Naidu

    Thanks to all of you for contributing to the welfare of the world. Each of us has made this journey here to fine tune our capacity to add more sparkle to brighten this Earth so that the whole of humanity is lit up in joyous celebration of this life, moment by moment in a rhapsody of happiness, elation and joy. The way is clearer and the path illuminates and is illuminating if your focus is in your belief that you are abundant, bountiful and complete and fulfilled as soon as you emerged from the womb. Then ahead of you only lies treasures your wholeness can sculpture to your heart’s content.
    Know this and let this be known to everyone you meet, you will have made a giant step to empower yourself and smile to yourself and say “I know Life now and I hope and pray that every soul I meet will know this too.” Your greatness has always been with you and is with you until your last goodbye. You always make a difference.

  58. Oh my gosh, I love love love #LoveFlashMob, what a wonderful idea! Thank you for the invitation to join in my own way. I have lived and worked as an expat for many many years and see many wonderful things around the world as well as things that break my heart instantly. After several years of wandering in the emotional wilderness my love project found me. I hope we can work together for love and healing. Go get ’em ladies!

  59. Donated from the UK. I won’t support a fight against anything or a anti-anything rally. But, I love seeing life-changers and people who want to make a difference through love. For that you get my support. Thank you for making a difference in the world. Thank you for bringing peace and joy and light to this world. Bless you all.

  60. Brilliant Maria & Glennon – this is certainly not just a US problem, huge here in Canada. I’ve been attempting to get our local politicians interested in coming together to figure out how to resolve this huge dilemma facing us. War on drugs has been around for decades and certainly putting resources into fighting it through law enforcement is only one small way. To get to the bottom of it – we need to ask WHY are people turning to drugs in this way? In my research to answer this question, I discovered a 20 plus-year-old research study called ACE’s (Adverse Childhood Events) which begins with a questionnaire about how many of these events have a child encountered in their life – 5 or more can be a predictor of who will take drugs. Incredible to believe. Much positive work has come out of this study in helping children develop resilience. These events can be divorce, abuse, the death of a parent, dysfunctional families. Shame and the pain and hurt that comes from that as discussed by Brene Brown appears to be at the bottom of this cycle. We need to get the policymakers involved because this problem covers so many areas of policing, education (adults & children) and public health. In my attempts to get understand Why I began to interview folks who had expertise in this area and have created a podcast on Itunes. I wanted our media to pick it up and take it further – alas no interest so far – if interested I’ve created blogs with links to each annedebutte.com. I’m not an interviewer but a grief coach who would much rather not have these parents or family members in my coaching practice. So Marie, as you are a brilliant interviewer perhaps this may be something you would enjoy in pursuing answers by asking the deeper question WHY are so many turning to drugs or alcohol, what has gone missing in our society – certainly love and compassion as you both mentioned – lets talk more about this and have more hearts crack open in empathy and not from the heartbreak of losing a loved one to a drug overdose. Thank you, both for all you do.

  61. Thank you Marie and Glannon!
    I’m a familiar man from Romania who lives simple and dreams great 🙂
    What a have learnt from this life is that,we do not know what will happen the very next minute of our lives. We do not know if we would be here, living and breathing, tomorrow.Because, we never know when that last meeting,that last conversation,that last visit,would be our final one. We are destined for greatness! We all are One(LOVE) 🙂
    Love & Joy!

  62. Excellent messages in this video today.

    I have made my contribution now. I live in Sweden and I am not really familiar with what a Love Mob means but I hope by giving money today that I was a part of it! 🙂 I FEEL like I was at least!

    We all have to go together and make a difference, regardless of where we are.

    Thank you and have a wonderful Christmas.

    Hugs,
    Åsa

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      Thank you so much, Åsa! We really appreciate your generosity!

      A flash mob is when a group choreographed dance spontaneously breaks out, usually in a public place, like a cafeteria or park. Usually, one person will start dancing and one by one seemingly random strangers will join in until it’s a big group of people. They’re planned in advance, which is how all the dancers know to show up at the same place at the same time to perform, but it’s a surprise to everyone else because it looks like the dancing came out of nowhere. It really makes people happy! So our love flash mob is people coming together from all over the place for a coordinated group effort to help an important cause. Even though we’re not all physically together, our hearts are dancing in unison. 🙂

  63. Annika

    Your words, your compassion, your action are simply blowing me away! After watching the video I am exited and empored to DO more. Of course I will send money. Of course I will, even I am not living in the US. But this is one world, isn’t it?
    WE ARE ALL CONNECTED!!!
    Thank you for turning my perspective from Ego centered questions to more important ones. Instead of asking “What do I need to be happy?” I should ask “What can I do to make others happy?”
    And eventually it will lead to the same result!
    Living my soul purpose. And help others to do the same.
    Thank you
    Thank you
    Thank you

  64. Josh

    Great article Marie, I really woke me up to realize that I’m not spending much time on this part of my life and taking action to help out others in need. I don’t know yet what issues I want to contribute to yet, but I’m going to make this a bigger part of my life in this next year.

  65. Thank you Marie for this opportunity to make a difference. I am so stressed by the current state of our society but I find relief in making these kinds of connections! Yesterday I started on a path to volunteer to teach yoga to underserved communities such as prisons and rehabs because I think it is so important that we reach out to those who have not had the same opportunities as us. I wholeheartedly believe that all of humanity is one, and the only way we can succeed individually is if we are also working toward the collective success of humanity and bringing every human along. Kudos to you for joining this effort!!!

    • Mandy - Team Forleo

      That’s fantastic, Christy! Thank you for making such a lovely difference. 🙂

  66. Marie + Glennon ❤️ ❤️
    Loved this episode and the heart felt love around making this world a more compassionate, caring, giving place. One of the many reasons I work my hinny off is to give to meaningful causes like this whenever I can.
    xo Sue 🐝

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      Thanks for all the work you do in the world to make it a more beautiful place, Sue. Happy Holidays to you and your amazing Team. xo

  67. Stuart Price

    Marie, many thanks for highlighting this horrific problem. It occurs to me if the people with addiction problems had discovered their own inner strength, and believed in their own value, they would not have been tempted to damage themselves in this way. For me, Glenda Green’s wonderful book ‘Love Without End, Jesus speaks’ has been such a blessing in connecting me with Source through the heart centre, a truly miraculous link to all the love and power anyone could ever need. From the perspective of the Garden of abundance, with no need unmet, drugs are simply an unwanted encumbrance.

  68. So huge, so important.
    Thank you – opening my eyes, going with my intuition, helping everywhere I can.
    <3

  69. I love this!!! thank you for sharing. I would love to get involved. As soon as I finish with this comment I will leave my donation and then I would love to help out with the home. I am an Interior Designer and if you need help with designs, layouts, furniture, and etc…please contact me—I am in!!! Dina Marie Joy

  70. Antigone

    Thank you for the opportunity to help and affect good change in this important cause!!! You inspire us with your enormous hearts and love! <3 xxx

  71. SO GOOD!!! Joining in the flashmob felt fantastic and I love your mission!!!
    Earlier in the day I donated 410 inspirational calendars to the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) or Portland. What a LOVE-filled day!!!
    Thank you!

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      Thank you for joining us and for ALL the goodness you’re sharing this season of giving. Those 410 people will be fortunate to see an inspirational vision each and every day because of you. Sending you loads of LOVE! xo

  72. Patricia

    Sadly, I will be attending the funeral of my son’s childhood friend this weekend. A young man with a promising future, who thought an opiod would help him forget the black spot on his heart that his no good ‘sperm donor (SD)’ of a father helped create. It did not matter that his mother overcame the abuse from this man to lead a happy and productive life with someone who loved and respected her and her son. One selfish action from this SD and it sent this sweet and shy young man down a horrible path in such a short time that no one really knew until it was too late. We all want to do what is best for our children and protect them from harm. However, in order for them to grow and become independant and productive humans we have to let them go. I don’t know how we can reach these young people who think they are invinceable and get them to understand that these drugs are not ok, and to take drastic action when they see their friends going down a dark path. It is a slippery slope that can easily be slid down from using soft drugs like marijuana to trying the hard stuff. Those same dealers that are selling the mj are the same ones waiting to push you down that slope. Parents and friends, keep the dialog going and keep the door open. Keep yourself informed and stay on guard. Can’t say it enough, one life lost and dozens more feeling that pain forever.
    Marie, thank you for your part in helping.

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      Oh, Patricia, I’m so sorry to hear about your son’s friend. What a sad and horrible outcome for someone so young and with a future ahead of them. You’re so right- this problem can start early in a persons life and it’s so much more prevalent than many people realize. Thank you for taking the time to share your perspective as a Mom and as a concerned community member. Here’s to all of us doing our part to shift this problem in our own homes and for the people we know and love.

  73. Have just made a donation. Thank you for reminding me again that each of us can make a difference, however small. I’m in Toronto Canada, and the opioid crisis is well entrenched here too. Blessings on the work you do.

  74. Thank you so much for bringing attention to this issue, Marie! I see the tragedy and heart break every day in my “sleepy” little Southern town. Addiction affects us all: all ages, ethic backgrounds, income levels. I volunteer at a new Center, where we are inundated with calls each and every day. People are dying, families are suffering. Support your local non-profits. If you don’t have one, start one! If you or a loved one are suffering this holiday season, know there IS hope! Thanks again! First Contact Ministries, Hendersonville, NC.

    • Diane – I just saw this because I commented just below you and wanted to say that’s awesome what you’re involved with. I grew up spending time with my “Mema” who spent Summers in Hendersonville until she died. I love that “sleepy little Southern town!”

      • So awesome, Delaine! Glad you have happy memories of our town and time with Mema! 🙂 Thanks for sharing, and for your work helping folks in recovery.

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      Thank you for doing your part in your beautiful community, Diane. It’s people like you who give hope to others when they may not have any left. Wishing you a holiday season filled with goodness and light. xo

  75. I love this! I just started working for The Phoenix helping with the Southeast expansion of the sober active community. We provide free fitness programming for people in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. This is great! We are #StrongerThanStigma!

  76. Sharmaine Williams

    Thank you so much Marie for doing this. On my island of Trinidad the disabled really have a tough time, living here in the US I myself live with a disability, seeing this is heartbreaking. I am working on a plan to help so thank you for this opportunity.

  77. My name is Karen Pittman, I am a recovering addict but I am so much more. I moved to rural world 4 years ago to continue my recovery by living in a sober living house, it changed my life. I am now in process of opening a much needed sober living program for women in middle Tennessee. These women are but children who are the product of generations of addiction and the addict life is their “norm.” I have a program designed to get them out of the darkness and on a planned path of life.

    I do not have all the answers, but I know we have to break the silence. My nonprofit H.A.V.E. is designed to do just that we (which is just me at this moment) are here to help not only the addict but the innocent people affected. Communication is the key and sharing our pain and hope will bring addiction out of the darkness.
    My funds are low but my voice is strong. Please show me a way to help.

    • Heather- Team Forleo

      Hi Karen! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your story and heart with our beautiful community. You are amazing, strong, courageous and clearly a fighter. You should be so proud of yourself for taking your recovery and using it to help others who are facing the same difficult path.

      You’re so right, communication is key when you’re raising money and sharing your mission to gain support from others. Marie has chatted with a few non-profit leaders on MarieTV and I’ve included the links to those episodes below:

      http://www.marieforleo.com/2014/12/charity-water-scott-harrison/
      http://www.marieforleo.com/2015/11/leila-janah/
      http://www.marieforleo.com/2015/06/tammy-tibbetts/

      May their stories of how they started, and grew, their non-profit agencies provide you with a source of ideas and inspiration for you own. Wishing you all the best as you bring this vitally important work to life.

  78. I love this Marie! So beautiful to put your heart in a place of support. I’ve had several people in my own family struggle with addiction to alcohol or drugs and it’s love and support that creates healing.
    I’ve started my own community to help heal the world with love and kindness. It’s called “Light Up This Nation – with love and kindness. My hope is that each one of us can be part of a daily awareness of how we can affect those around us in a kind and loving way.

  79. This post gives me hope. I have been working on developing a centre for some years now. I tried a few crowd fundraisers without success. I really need to come up with the funds for the premises for my centre. My services are aimed at empowering widows and orphans at various stages in their journey.
    Today I spent some time adding a page about my dream onto my website. If anyone has ideas, I’d love to hear. My biggest challenge has been meeting the right people who would support what I am building.
    Poverty in Israel where I live is high and those without a husband or father are more at risk. My work aims to strengthen those in need to prevent them from suffering the many problems that result from poverty and enable them to thrive.

  80. This is beyond awesome, Marie. And if you’re ever in San Francisco I’d love to introduce you to a friend, Kevin McCracken, that is one of the owners of Social Imprints which is a very successful for-profit, full service printing company with 80+ percent of its employees being at-risk adults (recovering addicts, convicted felons, former gang members). Kevin is spearheading life-changing work here in the Bay Area and is an entrepreneur worth keeping on your radar. He and his company’s services could be a tremendous resource for you and virtually anyone in your network. <3

  81. Amina Hassan

    Thanks ladies! your video was chilling and honest. I think that we have to act if we want to see change in our community, city, state or even country. I am Mental Health Case Manager and this issue is raising and little is done about it. I am in for this campaign and going to donate now. Thanks.

    • Hailey - Team Forleo

      Beautiful, Amina! We’re so glad this message and mission resonated so deeply with you. We’re grateful for your commitment to this important work and to taking action to help bring healing to your community and beyond. Thanks for being a part of our world!

  82. Wow, thank you for the work you’re doing, Glennon and Marie. Have you researched herbal supplements that help ease opioid withdrawal symptoms? I know people for whom these supplements have worked and now an action group is urging the FDA and FTC to shut down these no-shame, gentle, safe approaches. The group is making false claims that the supplements are “ineffective” and that the companies want to serve their bottom line when the truth is that they’re truly trying to help people. It’s devastating.

  83. Ugh, such intense gratitude for you both and your teams and the initiatives you’re bringing front and center. Thank you! I have experienced the barely bearable suffering that drug addiction imparts to the ones you love, and this is such an important topic. ANYTHING we can do, with what we have, matters. We don’t have to wait until we’re better able to help to be of service. You are so right, and you give us all such hope. I just planned a whole bunch of sharing on my social media platforms to spread your message of healing. Compassion is a great gift. xo

    • Hailey - Team Forleo

      We’re so grateful for YOU, Jen! We’re deeply sorry that you’ve been personally affected by addiction and have witnessed its devastating impact on your loved ones. We totally agree that we all have the ability to make a difference, and with powerful platforms at our fingertips, it’s easier than ever to use our voices to connect with others. We’re so grateful for your generous spirit and to have you in our bighearted community. Thank you for being a light in our world!

  84. KG

    Thanks Marie for bringing light to this huge growing problem. So much pain in the world that people seek relief from by using drugs. It’s great collectives are joining to address the root of the problem, not just a band-aid approach.

  85. This is wonderful Marie! I participated in Glennon’s flash mob and I have to say, it was a pretty exciting day knowing I was part of something so important.

    Today I wrote on my blog about women helping women and I kept coming back to the example of this love flash mob. It doesn’t get much more “women helping women” than thousands of women raising money for women to buy a house for MORE women to recover in.

    Thank you for bringing attention to this need in our communities. Addiction and recovery is something that touches almost all of us yet like mental health, it’s something we are hesitant to talk about.

    • Jillian - Team Forleo

      Courtney, we’re thrilled that you got to participate in our love flash mob last week! Thank you so much for your generosity, and for continuing the love as you share your thoughts about women helping women. It’s truly incredible how much change we can instill with small acts of kindness.

      We love that you connected with this mission to bring more attention to the world of addiction and recovery; the more we talk about it, the more we can combat it!

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