My friend Ann Nguyen, who inspires with all the care and good she does, invited me to share a presentation at the Interfaith Council of Garden Grove, Stanton and Westminster, at their monthly lunch time meeting. It was a lot of fun to share the story of the Girnari Jogi Group, and how I met them through creating my short film Gul. I talked about my work, and more importantly, the story of how it was that through the help of many dear friends in Pakistan and the U.S. that journey led to a short film with music by incredible musicians, practicing their centuries old tradition, a crowd funded album that raised funds for them, and even today continues to bring them to new audiences.
It seemed almost appropriate what happened afterwards. Ann found that she had a flat tire. As I was pulling out the spare to change it, a young man named Elrod walked up and asked if we needed any help. We said sure, and had a little chat and changed the tire. It turns out he’s a student, and teaches swimming close by and happened to be on his break. There’s something great about simple acts of kindness. I know that nothing I have done would be possible without endless help from people who step forward to ease things along the way. Thank you.