How does a SCUBA company in Nashville, TN get involved with a halfway house and rehabilitation center in Columbia, TN? The answer is in our motto, "Live • Deeper."
I've had the luxury of doing a lot of amazing, adventurous things in my life. Traveled the world. Met some presidents. Worked with some movie stars. And hung out with some music icons. Bungee jumped out of a cable car in the Swiss Alps. Strapped myself to an African whose name meant "Funeral" and jumped off a cliff in Zambia. And I've dived in cages with Great White Sharks in Mexico (and I'm going back again in Oct. 2013 if you want to join me). But even with all this excitement, it's never been "enough." It's exhilarating in the moment, and then I get home and it's Tuesday and the adrenaline is long gone.
I even worked in the non-profit world for 10 years shooting documentary footage around the world as thousands and thousands of people received the gift of hearing through the Starkey Hearing Foundation. I was there, three feet away, when little girls turned to hear their mothers' voices for the first time. It was powerful. Heart warming. And then I got home and it was Tuesday and the heartstrings rang silent.
So here I am. 35. Just got married for the first (and last) time. Four insta-kids and a beautiful wife. I teach people to SCUBA dive and take them on trips to the most beautiful parts of our world. I try to make a difference in my community by helping out local causes. The pieces of a life I'd been afraid to dream about are finally coming together. And all these pieces, on their own, are great. But on their own, it's not enough. It's the combination of them all. The balance of them all
that helps me "Live • Deeper."
And that's why I started DYP. To help me and others "Live • Deeper." I don't think life can always be about "ME." And conversely, it can't always be about "THEM." We need relaxation and enjoyment to be the best "ME", and we need to think (and act) beyond ourselves to put others first to also be the best "ME."
I can teach you to dive. I can take you on a trip to paradise. And that will be amazing...for a while. But then we get home and it's Tuesday. And that's the pivotal moment. That's when instead of slumping back into the grind, I stand next to you and together we do something for someone. Someone close to us. Someone we can reach out and make a difference in their life.
Mother Teresa said, “Not all of us can do great things. But we can all do small things with great love.” Me, and DYP and You aren't setting out to raise millions of dollars. DYP's first campaign was for Place of Hope, a rehabilitation center and halfway house in Columbia, TN. We raised $810 dollars. Not millions. $810. But we bought them a new water heater, maybe two. And we're producing a songwriters concert for them on February 8th where some very talented friends of mine (Mason Douglas, Billy Dawson, Shay Watson and more) will bring their talents to the table to give the residents of Place of Hope a night of celebration. If you'd like to go to the show, you can buy tickets at www.livedeeper.cc. All the money goes to Place of Hope, and it'll be a great show.
So how did a SCUBA company get mixed up with a halfway house? I wanted to live deeper so I started this company, DYP. I remembered this guy Kevin Riggs who used to come into the dive shop I used to manage. He was a pastor helping out the needy community in Franklin, TN. I told him I had a new company and asked if there was any way I could help him out. He said yes, gave me the numbers of three of his friends that were also doing great things in the community, and I called them as well. The next thing I know, I'm getting a tour of Place of Hope by Mike Coupe, the head honcho there, and three days ago we finished our 30 day campaign for them. This month I'm helping Kevin Riggs fund his Jobs For Life program, and I've already got two other organizations in the wings to work with in February and March. That's how it happened. The need out there is astounding. But the good news is there are amazing people like Kevin Riggs and Mike Coupe that are already out there making a difference. They just need a little help. That's where DYP comes in.
With your help, we can make a significant difference in peoples' lives. I use the crowdfunding format at www.Indiegogo.com and every 30 days there's a new campaign with fun and interesting perks offered to those who choose to "Live • Deeper" and partner with us. I hope you'll have a look and get involved. And if you have a campaign you'd like to launch, contact me. If I can help, great. Or if you just want to let me know how you're "living deeper," I'd love to hear about it.
Based in Nashville, TN, DYP (Dive Your Planet) has a mission to “Live Deeper.” A premium SCUBA dive training & travel company, they also leverage their network of dive enthusiasts to crowdfund for a different local cause every 30 days. Adventure Underwater...Charity Up Top. Connect with DYP online at www.livedeeper.cc.