Minciu Sodas: Thanking and Forgiving
- Greetings from Chicago!
From 1998 to 2010, I organized "Minciu sodas" http://www.ms.lt as my
business for serving independent thinkers around the world. My hope was
to make a living from Lithuania. I've lived my life as an independent
thinker and I hoped to serve others, likewise.
As you know, I failed to make Minciu Sodas work as a viable business. I
also failed to pay back my loans. I had about $130,000 in debt, mostly
from credit cards, but also a business loan from a friend's father. Three
months ago, I declared bankruptcy, and recently, my bankruptcy was
discharged. I don't have to pay back those loans, but in the future, it
will be hard for me to borrow money, should I need to. I hope I don't!
I'm grateful that I was able to dedicate myself to establish Minciu Sodas
as a venue for the widest variety of independent thinkers. Looking back,
I'm glad that I can start anew. My goal now is to foster a culture of
learning, growing, living forever, here and now. I've gained very
relevant ideas from our work at Minciu Sodas. In particular, I value our
"12 questions", such as: What is your deepest value in life, which
includes all of your other values? and What is a question that you don't
know the answer to, but wish to answer? I appreciate the variety of our
answers: http://www.worknets.org/wiki.cgi?Values I think they help us
speak heart-to-heart and thus live a culture where we are one.
Thank you to more than 1,000 participants who contributed thoughtful
letters over the years. Today, as I look back, I want to thank also Janet
Feldman ("Holistic Helping"), Pamela McLean ("Learning From Each Other"),
Franz Nahrada ("Global Villages") and Zenonas and Audrone Anusauskas
("Veikti Vis Placiau") for embracing my efforts, hosting Minciu Sodas
activity and actively fostering a shared culture. I also thank all of us,
many hundreds, for being there for each other during our Pyramid of Peace
to avert genocide in Kenya in 2008 http://www.pyramidofpeace.net That was
Please forgive me for the many times I may have hurt you over the years.
Thank you for the slack you've shown me. Likewise, please know that I
feel blessed by each and every one of us who participated. We all
contributed genuinely of ourselves.
My very large debts were forgiven. Likewise, I forgive any and all of our
debts to Minciu Sodas. In particular, I forgive:
* Tomas Cepaitis, who failed to deliver $170 to my bank account in
Lithuania, as I requested.
* Peter Ongele, who did not repay me a loan of $100 that he requested for
* Tom Ochuka, who did not repay me a loan of $75 for the water cart he
* Samwel Kongere, who misappropriated $570 of money that I had wired for
him to hold for me.
We failed each other. Such failures ended my interest in having money
relationships with the above individuals. This is unfortunate because
they all had made notable contributions to Minciu Sodas, and our ability
to work with money is important for us to function in our world. I hope
that our feelings for each other can start fresh. Looking back, I think
that making loans to people or having them hold money for me did not work
well in Minciu Sodas. Whereas paid work and donations made for dozens of
I'm glad to look at life with new eyes. I'm glad for God's providence as
we came together, as we brought Minciu Sodas to life, as we touched and
moved each other, as we continue further in our various ways. I'm glad
that I could go bankrupt so unambiguously.
My best wishes for our best efforts in all we do!