by Lance Ekum on · 76 comments

"One would give generous alms if one had the eyes to see the beauty of a cupped receiving hand." ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Life has an interesting way of placing within our sights, that which perhaps we need to hear the most.

In early October, I competed in my first marathon.  As memorable as this part of the journey was, there was something else that came from this experience.

On Friday prior to the marathon, my wife (Lora) and I stopped in at marathon headquarters to pick up the packet of supplies and information that each runner gets.  Going on at that same time, was an expo – with various vendors setup displaying and selling their wares.  

The Connections We Make
There was one small booth that pulled us right in.  

The Give Shirt.

A selection of clothing available, with the word "give" imprinted on the front.  And – for each shirt that sold, the proceeds are donated to a selection of several charities.

We bought two – one for each of us. 

And it could have ended there (with a very cool t-shirt), except…

Except…for the connections we make.

Enter Thomas Budde.

Thomas is the creator of The Give Shirt.  And, the more we learned of what he was doing, the more we loved this whole concept of spreading awareness toward giving, while at the same time – giving (through the purchase of a shirt).

What led Thomas to create this, though?  

The Connection Goes Deeper
It just so happened that Thomas was going to run for 24 hours straight – to raise awareness for giving, and for living a healthy lifestyle.  A run that would be taking place in Milwaukee.  

You read that correctly – Thomas would be running for 24 hours straight – with a variety of people joining him along the way.  From 4 AM on Saturday, October 23rd until 4 AM on Sunday, October 24th.

First off – just let me state – WOW!!  I can't imagine running for that many hours straight!!  (shoot, driving that many hours straight is a real challenge!)

In a last minute decision, I decided to join Thomas for a portion of his run.  (15 miles over about 3 hours on that Saturday evening)

What an inspiration this guy is!!

During our time together on that Saturday evening – we had a chance to talk more about this very caring and generous project.

A few years back, Thomas visited Thailand.  During his visit there, he was completely taken in by the generous, caring, and giving spirit of the people of this place.  A giving spirit, even though they themselves had little (in contrast to what I consider I have in my life).  And yet – they had so much.  They did, because they gave so freely of what they did have, and of what was in their heart.  Even more than that – was the deeper sense of peace and joy that these people exhibited in their life.

…and yet, by standards we might be more accustomed to…they had little.

…although they truly had so much.

It was a transforming moment for Thomas.  He arrived back in Milwaukee (his home), and was drawn to how much we have…and yet how much more there is…if we just give more freely.

Upon receiving a gift from his brother – a shirt with the word "give" on it…Thomas had found his deeper mission in life.

And since that time, he has been selling these shirts – with all the proceeds being donated to a select group of charities.

Giving with nothing expected in return.

…and in that…everything in return.

“For it is in giving that we receive.” ~ St. Francis of Assisi

Getting to know Thomas, and see him living this message – what a gift!!  And what a gift – to be able to give so freely.

Your Mission
Your mission, should you choose to accept it:  This week, give something freely, with no expectation of something in return.  Do something you wouldn't normally do.  Challenge yourself to be more freely giving.  Maybe it's money.  Maybe it's something you have.  Maybe it's your time.  Whatever it is – do this with caring, compassion, and love.

And know that I'll be wearing my shirt this week – the "give" shirt.  Spreading this message through one simple word.


And for all of this – and for my own deeper connection to giving – I am deeply thankful for this chance crossing of paths with Mr. Thomas Budde.  Thomas, you are a true hero!  Keep shining your amazing and awesome light out into this world!

Oh…and for the record:  Thomas ran 96 miles over that 24 hour period (I know – crazy!!)!!  Crazy awesome!!! (…and just plain crazy!!)

"Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently – they're not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do." ~ Steve Jobs

Lance writes stories from his heart, aiming to inspire and motivate, as you align more fully with YOUR true peak. When he's not here, you can find him hanging out with his family, riding a bike, or just generally acting goofy.   Sign up for the Thoughts from the Treehouse newsletter and get additional inspiration in your email inbox!
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Jay Schryer November 1, 2010 at 12:33 pm

What a great story…and what an even better concept! I love the idea of giving anyway, but to really take it to heart and make it your mission in life…how incredibly beautiful. How touching, how awesome…

Thank you, Lance…you give so much already, and now you’re giving even more. You’re truly an inspiration to us all…
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Lance November 1, 2010 at 8:15 pm

What Thomas is doing…it truly does come from his heart. And that IS beautiful. So inspiring to be a part of this, and just feel the wonder of giving!

Thanks Jay….very much. Your words speak volumes to the soul that you are. And I know so well that this idea of giving is something that is also such a part of your being. So, so awesome!


Belinda Munoz + The Halfway Point November 1, 2010 at 12:39 pm

Love this, Lance. Thomas Budde sounds like a remarkable person. And there are more and more people like him who get a wake up call, take action and really help others to see the big picture and where we all fit in it.

What we get back from giving is so much more than what we can express with words. It’s a sense of humanity bigger than ourselves. Bigger than our concerns. It’s a soulful connection with others. A whole new way of seeing how powerful love and compassion can be.


Lance November 1, 2010 at 8:20 pm

Speaking from personal experience with this very amazing man – YES, Thomas Budde truly is a remarkable person! And just think – as the very heart-connected gifts of people like Thomas, and others who live from that place of deeper connection to our world – as these gifts are shared (like this runathon) – it just spreads!! Love and compassion…spreading like wildfire!!

Belinda, that’s exactly it – this idea of soulful connections with others…and how beautiful that is!! Love your thoughts…and the soul that is you…


Simon Hay November 1, 2010 at 1:38 pm

Giving is a great catalyst for change. What an inspiring story. I spent 26 hours travelling on a plane and that was tough enough. 24 hours running! Crikey! Once you start giving attention to people and your surroundings it’s easy to move to giving time and then abundance. It flows straight back. It may take a while but eyes wide open and you’ll see it coming. Love and peace my friend.
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Lance November 1, 2010 at 8:25 pm

I know – crazy stuff!!! (by the way – nice work on the plane ride – 26 hours…that’s a long one!)

Giving a wonderfully great thing – especially when it comes from the heart. That’s something that Thomas shines, no doubt. And you do too, my friend…

Welcome home…


Lynn November 1, 2010 at 1:40 pm

What a wonderful thing – to be so giving. I can’t even imagine running that long, so I am impressed with both of you.
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Lance November 1, 2010 at 9:01 pm

I definitely had the easier part of that day’s run!! After my three hours…I climbed into a car and drove away…as Thomas headed back out for more! And…in the name of giving…awesome!!


Michelle @ Following Your Joy November 1, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Hi Lance,

This “chance crossing” with Thomas was so meant to be, huh?! Wow, what an amazing story! Appreciate you sharing him with us here, along with your commitment to keep the ‘giving’ alive. What’s so exciting is that who knows what all of this will inspire others to do? Sure, I probably thought about “giving” this week…but you are encouraging me to be more deliberate about it and conscious in the manner I make it happen. Thank you for that! I know exactly what I’m going to do, and I so appreciate you encouraging me to do it. Thank you, Lance – and Thomas!

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Lance November 1, 2010 at 9:25 pm

That’s it!! Giving can become contagious…and spread from one person to another!! Just by doing (in however we might “do”) giving – we just never know the impact this can truly have.

Michelle, everything I’ve witnessed from you shines to the giving nature of your being. So, that you’re going to be more deliberate…I find this to be deeply moving. This shines to the beauty of your soul…


Thomas Budde, Ph.D. November 5, 2010 at 11:10 pm

What are you going to do, get the GIVE shirt?! 🙂


Hilary November 1, 2010 at 4:21 pm

Hi Lance .. amazing and he got you running again a long distance .. already! Good for both of you .. people are just wonderful .. so full of life and doing so much for others .. you both set really great examples ..

I ‘give’ as I toddle around .. helping kids with their school, helping their mother with life in general, helping the old people in the Home .. and just being there occasionally .. you and others have taught me to remember the giving aspect – that joie de vivre you have .. excellent .. have fun – Hilary
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Lance November 1, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Okay…here’s the honest truth. I ran about 13 miles – and then I biked the last two. We had a biker with us, carrying supplies. She was up for running a bit – and at that point, I gladly welcomed the bike. So, there you have it – I cheated a little bit on that running!!

And…YES!! to that “joy in living”!! Hilary, what you’re doing – that’s a gift to everyone who feels the healing touch of your giving gifts of love. Mmm…very sweet…


rob white November 1, 2010 at 4:47 pm

That’s great Lance. I always love your energy and sincerity. Giving is absolutely vital if we are going to conduct our affairs using spiritual common sense. You cannot receive value unless you give value. Life just doesn’t work that way. Sowing and Reaping is an intricate part of this ever expanding cosmos in which we live. It is important to notice that the word ‘SOWING’ primes the pump. It’s not reaping and sowing … it is sowing and reaping. There is a Law of Multiple Returns that is omnipresent and always in action… we must give if we wanting working for us!


Lance November 1, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Sowing and reaping…ahh…I love that thought. And in that sowing (and giving)…we reap (so much more than we can fully grasp at the time). Amazing and wonderful.

Rob, I know you shine at this concept of giving…and in that…YOU are a gift. Keep shining your amazing light out into the world…


Lori November 1, 2010 at 6:17 pm

Hi Lance.
Man ‘o man, you are nailing it. I LOVE THIS! I knew a group of people who got together for a 24-hour run back when I was living in MN, they ran to raise money and awareness for the MS Society. I swear, the Midwest has some of the most amazing, warm-hearted people living on her soil. Good for you, Lance. Yay! *\o/*

I really like the photos and the quote, too. You know I love this, Lance. And, the message is so YOU! There is really nothing like giving with no expectation. It’s freeing for the mind and the soul.
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Lance November 1, 2010 at 9:41 pm

I kind of suspected you’d love this (grin)!!

And guess what else?? I happen to think the West Coast has some very amazing, loving, and caring folks, too!! (like YOU!)

Thomas truly shines at giving…without expecting anything in return. Hmmm…that sure does remind me of you, too.

Lori, it’s so good to have you here today…know that your presence is felt in so many beautiful ways…


FatFighterTV November 1, 2010 at 9:22 pm

I can’t believe he ran for 24 hours. How does someone do that??? What a great story, though… and a great shirt. I love it!
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Lance November 1, 2010 at 9:42 pm

Crazy, isn’t it!!! Well…there was a pizza break (along with a massage of the legs) in there. Maybe that helped (although…had I had a massage, I wouldn’t have wanted to go back out to run more!!)

And the shirt is just awesome!! I’m loving it (and wearing mine right now!!)!


Thomas Budde, Ph.D. November 5, 2010 at 11:13 pm

Do you love the GIVE shirt enough to get it? 🙂


Adrienne November 1, 2010 at 10:23 pm

Wow, what an incredible experience!! I remember chatting with you on Twitter about running with a guy who was running for 24 hours, but I wasn’t really sure what that was all about. I’m certainly happy to finally find out! People like that completely amaze me. That’s so cool that you got to join him for a good chunk of his journey, too.

I love the challenge that you issued to us here. I can’t remember why or for what class, but one of my teachers in high school gave us the same challenge. As part of a homework assignment, we had to pick someone to bestow a random act of kindness upon. I ended up choosing one of most disliked teachers in my school. She wasn’t a bad person and she was a pretty decent teacher, she just came across as stern and grouchy most of the time. I figured, if anyone could use a little kindness in their life, it was her. I ended buying or making her some little thing, writing out a kind note to her, and leaving it on her desk. You would not believe the transformation that came across her!! After that day, she was as nice as me as a person could possibly be. She revealed a whole new side of herself that had somehow been buried.

I’ll spend some time thinking about ways that I can really give myself this week. Thanks for this subtle and beautiful reminder, Lance.
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Lance November 2, 2010 at 4:56 am

Thomas IS an amazing guy – and that’s something I felt very deeply on our time together during this run. So cool to be a part of this event…and in all of it – to just let this idea of giving more deeply soak into my soul.

Adrienne, thanks for sharing some of your own experiences in giving, too! And just look at what came of your kindness (to someone whom it might have felt like a challenge to be kind to). What a gift!! YOU!! You really are that – a gift – and I’ve felt that so much, in just the short time I’ve known you. I sense very much that you connect to the good in your heart – and that just flows out from you in beautiful ways.

Have a wonderful week…and we’ll talk soon!


Thomas Budde, Ph.D. November 5, 2010 at 11:16 pm

Awesome. My Christmas list to my family this year reads, “Please help improve someone’s life, that you wouldn’t have otherwise done, and tell us about it.”

Love it.


Joe Wilner November 1, 2010 at 11:05 pm


Thanks for the wonderful post! This is a very inspiring story and example of a person who truly follows a calling of sorts. It really does amaze me when people are able to find a cause that they can give their entire self to and really live the cause they claim. I would love to find this inspiration in my life. There are many areas I would want to contribute my time, effort, and resources, but finding that one main focus would be a very powerful experience. Anyway, thanks for sharing this story.
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Lance November 2, 2010 at 4:59 am

And the thing is – this could happen at any time. I believe very much that it’s about remaining open to all of life’s experiences. And in that, any day could lead you to that place where you feel a deep connection. Joe, I know it’s there for you – and I sense very much how meaningful that would be for you. That right there is a gift – a gift of your care.

Keep shining, my friend…


Jannie Funster November 2, 2010 at 7:06 am

Dear Lance of the Marathon Heart..

My Christine Kane “word for the year” is give. I’ve been really conscious of reaching out. Obviously I could do more — reaching for Mother Therea behavior . 🙂

Now that that’s outta the way, you ARE a giver every day in every way, from all I’ve seen of you, my friend. How completely totally wonderfully AWESOME you joined your new friend on a “little” 15 mile jog for part of his 96 mile journey.

You both are crazy-great awesome!!!!! What a better place the world is to have you and your giving hearts in it.

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Lance November 3, 2010 at 4:49 am

Jannie of the Singing Lovelies,
You know what I DO know??? I know that you reach out and give of yourself in some wonderfully awesome ways here in the online world! And…I’m one of the very honored recipients of that giving!!

Okay – and you are way to super nice to me!! (did you know that??)

Jannie, thank YOU for making the world a better place!

Big, big hugs!


Jody - Fit at 52 November 2, 2010 at 7:46 am

Lance, so cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Got to check out all the links later & all about him & the shirt! I LOVE IT!!!!!! What a wonderful thing to do & to share! Love the challenge too!

Thx Lance! And yes, 24 hours straight.. holy cow!
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Lance November 3, 2010 at 4:51 am

Twenty four hours of running!! I know – it just seems so crazy! That is supported this wonderful cause – The Give Shirt – crazy awesome! And Thomas is all of that and more!

Thanks, Jody, for all your amazing support!


Evita November 2, 2010 at 7:56 am

Hi Lance,

Those connections that we make are truly so precious! And wow, what a man, what a product, what a story! I really admire people that “give” so much of themselves to help others. And the t-shirts are so cool. They carry an imprint of the energy of love!

I’d be proud to wear one too 🙂
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Lance November 3, 2010 at 4:55 am

And you never know when another very meaningful connection will be made. As I think back – our intention was to just stop and browse what this guy was selling – before the marathon. That simple stopping to browse – it led to so much more. And that reminds me – in each moment – when we are open to the possibilities – great and amazing things can happen.

Thomas is a shining star of goodness in our world. And these shirts, and that one word – give – have so much meaning.

“energy of love”….mmm…I love that!

Evita, I know how much you give of yourself, and and how deeply you connect. Thank you so much for sharing in this today….


Steve-Personal Success Factors November 2, 2010 at 8:52 am

Lance, this is truly inspirational. So much so, that I feel I need to review my core values again, and see where giving fits in! It’s so true that we have been given so much here in the United States. The least we can do is look for ways to pay it forward.


Lance November 3, 2010 at 4:56 am

What Thomas is doing – deeply inspirational. And it has me thinking more deeply about what giving looks like in my life.

Best to you in all of your deeper look at core values – something that is so worth doing.


Henway November 2, 2010 at 9:21 am

This is such a great feel-good story. And it’s true, whenever I give something to someone I love w/o asking for anything in return, it feels so good.

However, I find when I give something to someone I hold negative feelings towards, I don’t get that feeling. Strange huh?
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Lance November 3, 2010 at 5:05 am

Thomas Budde is truly a feel-good story, in all that he does.

Giving. Yes, it can be easier (and more feelings of good) when it’s given toward someone with whom we deeply love. Getting beyond those negative feelings we hold…not always easy (and all part of the journey, I suppose). Henway, know that what you’re doing is all very good…


Evelyn Lim November 2, 2010 at 9:45 am

Lance, you’ve got a great ability to build connections with inspiring people. What a wonderful gift! And what a great story! I am not sure if I would have been able to last doing all that running. Way to go!!
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Lance November 3, 2010 at 5:08 am

You know…I find this chance meeting with Thomas to be so cool. And then – even after we met – I had no intention of running with Thomas (the thought just hadn’t crossed my mind). Then, I received a text message from Thomas (I’d left my phone number when we purchased the shirts), inviting me to join him. What a great way to reach out – very personally – from this amazing man!!

And in all the running – my few hours out there was way, way, way easier than what Thomas was doing!

Thanks, Evelyn!! So great having you here!


Naomi Estment November 2, 2010 at 10:29 am

Great post and stunning concept – thanks for sharing, Lance 🙂 Giving a little is a walk in the park compared to running for 24 hours…that, I cannot imagine!!
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Lance November 3, 2010 at 5:21 am

I know, I just LOVE this concept – spreading love and giving through a simple yet very meaningful t-shirt! And then – to run 24 hours straight!!! Wow!!

Great to have you here, sweet friend…thank you!


Patricia - Spiritual Journey Of A Lightworker November 2, 2010 at 11:09 am

Here’s the comment I added when I posted this on my Facebook page: “Giving of money is the easy way out. Giving of self is more difficult and more rewarding.” Thanks for sharing about this truly amazing man.
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Lance November 3, 2010 at 5:24 am

Know that I am deeply grateful for all your amazing support. Giving of self…it’s a beautiful thing. That is something I very much experienced in my time out there with Thomas on that run. His spirit is amazing…and a gift to everyone who crosses his path in some way.

Thanks so much for all you give here in this space.


Christopher Foster November 2, 2010 at 1:36 pm

Passion and persistence. That’s what comes up for me when I read your post Lance.

We all came into this world with a very special gift to give but what is it? I think it’s our own genuine utterly original spirit, the truth of who we are back of our personality or beliefs, given expression in any moment of our life as long as we live. Giving that gift takes a pile of passion and persistence in my experience which makes the story of Thomas Budde inspiring indeed.
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Lance November 3, 2010 at 5:32 am

Passion and persistence are great words to describe Thomas and his mission to bring the concept of giving into the lives of other people, in very real and meaningful ways.

That spirit within us….when we truly discover that, and share it genuinely – what a beautiful gift! And Thomas shines at this! What a wonderful feeling – to be within his presence!

Thanks Christopher, for all your support!


Uzma November 2, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Fantastic spirit this. I love how the whoel energy of giving is so powerful and feels so good.
Wrote about giving in one of my last posts and if I truly can emobody its spirit . Humbled to see it in action. Good going, Lance.


Lance November 3, 2010 at 5:34 am

There was very much this positive energy flow – in just being a part of this event and in experiencing on a more personal level – the giving spirit of Thomas Budde.

And that’s it – Thomas shines – because he’s out there, doing it – living the message, being the change he wishes to see in this world.

Uzma, keep shining your amazing light, too!


Megan "JoyGirl!" Bord November 2, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Oh my gosh, Lance, a Beastie Boys song is coming to mind, “Because you can’t, you won’t and you DON’T STOP!” You are just love love love and more love. This post – this message – is timeless and one I cannot hear enough.
You give and give and give – that’s how I see you. You love fully and share your energy with the world. Thank you for doing so!
And thank you for always encouraging me to go one step farther in my journey. You help me be a better person, Lance.

I love you, dear friend!

PS – the big question shall be, what to give?!
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Lance November 3, 2010 at 5:43 am

Now I’m thinking I should be dancing!! Guess what? By the time I finished my (measly in comparison) three hours of running…I just wanted to sit down! (which we all did – for a little break…before Thomas headed back out…)

Megan, what you see in me – it validates what I’m doing (and I want to thank you deeply for that). More than that, though – it shines to the soul of who you are, and the LOVE you so freely give. That I’m receiving this love and compassion from you – that’s love and compassion that reach to the depths of who you are…and then just blossom out from there. And it’s beautiful…

So, whatever that “giving” shall be for you – I know that it comes from a place of special meaning. And that makes my heart sing. And it leads me to be more loving myself.

And know that all of this – it’s a gift you have given me – today and always. So, know that your presence here – that is giving in itself. And I accept that, and want you to know that it have very deep and special meaning to me.

And know that I love you, too…sweet, sweet friend….



Dia November 2, 2010 at 4:48 pm

Hi Lance,

Wow, running 24 hours streight? That is something amazing. Giving really is crucial in life. We need to share and give others our love, help, etc… Thanks for sharing
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Lance November 3, 2010 at 5:44 am

Yes…I happen to think so, too!! 24 hours of running is VERY amazing!! And – as I was with Thomas – more than 12 hours into his race when I joined up with him – so amazing to experience the heart with which we was running. Deeply moving.

Thanks Dia, for all your support!


Joy November 2, 2010 at 7:05 pm

Hi Lance,
This is what I *love* about take the time to actually “Be” as you relate with others..Not only did you purchase the shirt, but you then opened your heart in such a magnificent way..and took it even farther by sharing with us so we may open our hearts too..
*That* is the very essence of are an example of what you’ve written about..
I accept your mission..each and every day I look for the opportunities to connect from my heart..and I find that the best gifts ever are the ones that you know will evoke that awe-some heartfelt smile..but you may not be around to see it, because you’ve given anonymously..or without even being asked..just because you can, so you do..
Thank you Lance, for being you and for all that you *give* so much and I appreciate it all…
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Lance November 3, 2010 at 7:10 am

Your words are sweet music to my ears…and they remind me, also, that actions truly do speak louder than words. It was in doing this – really being out there and in the moment – that made this as powerful and meaningful as it was for me — and — and meaningful as it is here as I share these thoughts. Joy, thank you for helping me to see this more clearly.

You have such a beautiful way of reaching beyond any outer layers, and getting to the essence and meaning of it all. Always. That’s a beautiful gift you share.

I also know how deeply you connect to giving, especially from a place of deeper meaning for you. And seeing this, it’s a gift too. You’re a gift.

So, thank you so much for being here – today especially – in sharing in this.

Much peace,


Vanessa November 2, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Thanks for telling Thomas’ story, Lance, and for passing it on yourself. i would expect nothing less of you, knowing how compassionate you are. How fortunate we all are when we connect with a common purpose! Peace, vanessa
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Lance November 3, 2010 at 7:12 am

The story Thomas is writing – it’s one that reaches into my heart. What a beautiful gift it is!

Vanessa, thank you so much for the words you’ve shared here – they are touching and meaningful. And may you continue to give as beautifully as you always do.

Having you here today…that is indeed a gift…


Clearly Composed November 2, 2010 at 10:31 pm

Why do I just know you gave back to this amazing man as much as you received? Probably because to know you at all is to know you are a true giver. Thanks for inspiring me to search for more chances to give this week. 🙂
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Lance November 3, 2010 at 7:14 am

Thank you. Although, truly – being along on this run – and seeing the beauty of what Thomas was doing…I know that I received so, so much from these moments.

And Emma, I know (know know know!!) that you already are working on ways to be giving this week!! (i.e. think flowers!) And I think this is so awesome!! You are going to brighten the faces of so many people…and what a beautiful gift that is!


Angelia Sims Hardy November 2, 2010 at 11:18 pm

Thank-you Lance for “giving” Thomas and his cause to your blog, to share with us in his amazement and joy. What an impressive man. I am inspired to give all that I can (96 miles!).

You and Lora were definitely meant to be at that booth. Great job on your 15 miles with him. 🙂
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Lance November 3, 2010 at 7:16 am

It’s an honor to feature Thomas and his amazing giving here!! This man has shown me even more deeply what giving is truly about – and that’s a gift I treasure.

Angelia, know that I see this very much in you…the giving spirit that is such a part of your being. And I find it very touching…


Andrea DeBell - britetalk November 3, 2010 at 12:04 am

Hi Lance! I’m saying Wow too, running for 24 hrs… such determination… The shirts are gorgeous and the concept behind them even more amazing. Stories like that are truly inspirational.
Thanks for opening my heart to give more this week. You are beautiful! Í’ll be looking for more opportunities to give throughout the day. Loving blessings!
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Lance November 3, 2010 at 7:18 am

The shirts – with just one simple word on the front (give) – are truly gorgeous! And it is even more so, as I now know the deeper meaning behind all of this – and what Thomas has created.

It was an wonderful experience – to run with this man for a few hours on this journey of his. And it all brought the concept of giving even more deeply into my being.

Andrea, it is so, so good to have you here today.

Much love always,


Keith November 3, 2010 at 8:09 am


This post is another example of why I love you man! You really do walk the talk. Thank you.

WOW. I’m really liking Thomas Budde! His giving heart and example move me beyond words. I am also moved to ACT and be vigilant for opportunities, not just this week but every week!

Lance, articles like this help to make it known that there are many good people in the world, doing acts of love. Thank you for being one of them!


Lance November 3, 2010 at 4:30 pm

I was just one very small part of what Thomas was creating. And it was truly an honor to run beside him for a few of his many miles that day.

And that’s it – we can talk all we want about doing good – but it’s really in the getting out there and doing that is what it’s all about.

Keith – I know very much that you shine love and care out into the world. And it’s a gift having you here and sharing in this. May your days be meaningful to you in deep ways…



Zeenat{Positive Provocations} November 3, 2010 at 8:10 am

HI Lance,
What a beautiful and inspiring story concept and gesture. Just amazing how such a simple word can bring so much beauty and inspiration to our hearts.
I love how you are embracing this…I’m with you…I Embrace with you….lets Give….whenever wherever however…..
So beautiful!
So much love to you sweet friend…and thank you for your amazing hugs 🙂
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Lance November 3, 2010 at 4:32 pm

Just one word – give! And then to see this in action (and to be a part of it) – an amazing and moving experience. And in all of it – I felt that word “give” living itself out. Living out especially in the people I was running with – and also with the many people we passed along the way.

Love to you…always…sweet, sweet friend,


Chris Edgar November 3, 2010 at 12:06 pm

Hi Lance — I love how you’ve pointed out so many interesting people with the desire to make a contribution on this site. And I can definitely get how it comes from the same desire within you.


Lance November 3, 2010 at 4:34 pm

Our world is filled with caring people doing all sorts of amazing things. If I can somehow share that here, that is a gift.

Chris, keep shining your amazing light out into this world…that, too, is a wonderful and sweet gift…


Little Lessons Under the Big Sky November 3, 2010 at 10:48 pm

Wow! It really is remarkable to me that we are always put in the exact place at the very exact time that is meant to be. For instance, the fact that you went to the EXPO at that time,went to that table, made an amazing connection, and continued to foster a deeper and more meaningful conversation after buying a few cool t-shirts (and yes, they are cool!). Thomas gave you a lesson to take with you, and you ran with it (literally-15 miles!! GOOD JOB THERE:)

Then you spread it out by sharing it with all of us. Thank you to Thomas. And thank you to you, Lance, for restating the importance of giving, without the expectation of gaining anything back.
Can you imagine what the world would look like if everyone did that on a daily basis? What a great model we would be teaching for the future generations, too!

I went to a lecture last week at a local theatre, with Caballo Blanco, the main character of the successful book BORN TO RUN. He speaks of the local people in New Mexico and how that is how they live as well…giving fully and without thought, without thinking of any reward. It is a beautiful story and a wonderful book if you haven’t already read it!

Many blessings on you!
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Lance November 4, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Definitely…this felt very much like it was meant to happen. The other thing was (and not mentioned up above) that I also ran into Thomas at the finish line of the marathon. One more crossing of our paths – before we connected more on this runathon.

Anyway, so glad it worked out as it did. And really very awesome to meet this man (up close and personal) during our run into the night.

I have not read BORN TO RUN…and will definitely check it out – thank you!!

Jen, you shine such amazing light out into this world – so wonderful to have you here today and sharing in this story!


Tim November 4, 2010 at 7:45 am


Thank you for sharing Thomas’s story. I’m blown away by his mission and accomplishment. It’s a great reminder for all of us. I also know that in giving, we get back. That might sound a little selfish, but I think its true. In any case, I really love the shirt with the one simple word on it.
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Lance November 4, 2010 at 1:58 pm

Thomas and his mission to GIVE more….such a simple and beautiful concept.

And it IS true…when we give…we receive…and what a wonderful thing that is!!

And speaking from personal experience…the shirt really is very, very awesome!!

Thanks, Tim – for all your support – and for all the amazing good you bring to this world!


HappinessandWisdom November 4, 2010 at 7:51 am

An excellent post and an inspiration. I am going to make my day all about giving to others, now that I’ve read this!! thank you!
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Lance November 4, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Happiness and Wisdom,
Very awesome!! And when you give…you receive so, so much!!

Wonderful to have you here today!


Tabitha November 4, 2010 at 11:01 am

This is SO up my alley!! (=

Have A Truly Blessed Day!!


Lance November 4, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Oh…this is definitely right up your alley!! I know how much of a giving and caring soul you are…and know that just that thought bring a big, big smile to my face!

Keep shining your awesome out into this world!!


J.D. Meier November 4, 2010 at 11:39 pm

> driving that many hours straight is a real challenge
That seriously puts it in perspective. You said it … WOW!
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Liara Covert November 6, 2010 at 12:44 pm

Running is somewhat like sailing or anything else you choose to engage in that reminds you how free you are. To feel the wind blowing on the face encourages one to spread one’s proverbial wings and soar. Thanks for the uplifting post. You really “run” with the positive energy theme. Spread that joy and live.
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Thomas Budde, Ph.D. November 7, 2010 at 6:57 am

I am so humbled by all of your comments. Deeply, sincerely, and with much love and joy, I thank you.

So many of you have said that you love the concept and mission of the GIVE shirt movement, and the GIVE shirt itself. Why not officially join the movement and help increase the global consciousness of giving even more by getting the GIVE shirt? And not only for yourself to wear, but for others you love as well – especially this holiday season!

Please contact me with any questions.

Thank you!

Thomas Budde, Ph.D.
(414) 350-0124


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