That’s the average amount of time it takes me to plan an FTX (French Toast & Hugs) event.
“Why so long?” I’ve been asked many times before.
I would rattle off some information about the details required, the location scouting needed, the food storage and the transportation of it all.
But the hidden truth is that’s just who I am.
I’m the guy that can stare at a horizon for hours and days.
I’m the guy who will spend weeks, maybe months, working on each FTX Soundtrack. And even after I’ve picked the tracks I’ll then wear headphones and sample each release of the same song to listen for which one has been mixed best.
They say the devil is in the details.
I don’t know about that but I know I sure put my heart into them.
Which is why my gang has been shocked to learn that our next FTX is in less than two weeks!
You read that right.
I’m attempting to do something that takes me four months in less than two weeks.
Last Friday, November 11th, I was preparing to go to sleep when three words entered my mind without warning.
FTX Standing Rock
As most know, the Standing Rock Sioux have been holding their ground against an oil pipeline being constructed thru their sacred land, under both the Missouri and Mississippi rivers and dangerously close to Lake Oahe.
When that pipeline breaks, as they have proven repeatedly to do, it will destroy their water supply.
But not just theirs, it will also destroy the water supply of 18 million people that live off of those rivers and lakes.
Just the very construction of the pipeline will desecrate their sacred lands.
Those are our lands too.
This is our country.
This is our world.
And there are millions of ways we can take it back from the faceless corporations, governments and people who are deaf and blind from their fear, hatred and greed.
We can treat each other with love by speaking our own personal truth without anger or hate.
We can treat each other with love by listening to another’s truth.
We can reach for understanding.
I don’t believe, I KNOW, that there is nothing more powerful than unconditional love.
And we must muster up all our will and strength to act accordingly.
I don’t know about you but I’m tired of being bullied.
Bullied by the corporations, governments and people that believe in a power other than love.
The Standing Rock Sioux are standing for us.
All of us.
Let’s stand with them.
Let’s let them know they are not alone.
If you can come, then please come.
If you can or can’t come, please share this letter and flyer because I will need help.
I can’t do it alone. And I never have had to.
You’ve proven to me time after time that we are all one.
So please join me, in heart, in mind, in body on November 26th as we feed all we can to the world warriors at Oceti Sakowin Camp.
Four months into two weeks. Not a problem.
On November 11th I heard a voice in my head that said “FTX Standing Rock”.
These past five days I’ve realized the voice I heard was yours.
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FTX (French Toast & Hugs) Standing Rock Invitation – FTX #21
Saturday November 26th, 2016
Oceti Sakowin Camp, Cannon Ball, North Dakota
Starting At Approximately 8am