“To trust in the force that moves the universe is faith,” Marianne Williamson writes in A Return To Love. “Faith isn’t blind, it’s visionary.”
I believe this. I live this. And I am ever drawn to others who get it because it turns the notion of “blind faith” on its head.
Rich Tola falls in the category of those who get it.
is visionary,” he said. “And it takes courage. Whatever it’s supposed
to be, it’ll come. It sounds like mumbo jumbo, but it’s not.”
December I wrote a Game Plan column about Tola -- a product of a
Wharton and Kellogg education -- moving from the Wall Street scene to
the Hollywood hills to pursue acting and yoga. And because he sees what
has been put in front of him and has faith in his vision, he is now
entrenched in forming a meaningful foundation called The Boulevard Zen
is, according to its Web site, “a nonprofit organization that provides
yoga classes and lifestyle education to women and children in domestic
violence shelters.” The idea is to pay excellent yoga teachers at the
top of the scale, make it a free service at the shelters, and really
build a company that will expand nationally and internationally.
money is coming from me right now,” Tola said. “Basically I took a
sabbatical from my life to create the foundation. I want to put the
company in a position to grow if a million dollars walks in the door.”