#BigThingsThursday is a weekly series of short interviews with people who are doing big things for the community and for the world. If you know someone who's doing big things and should be featured, let me know: BigThings@LucyKalantari.com.
Meet Dave Kinnoin: Songwriter, producer, volunteer builder (what?!?!) and a beautiful human being who seizes every opportunity he comes across to do good for the community and for the world. Whether it's helping to build homes for families in need, or by writing music to spread joy and help a child during a tumultuous time (medical, physical or emotional), he's ready to go.
Q. BIG THINGS begin with an intention, what is yours?
A. I do my best every day without complaint and without regret to make this a better world.
Q. How are you fulfilling this intention?
A. I keep a keen eye out for opportunities to be kind and generous, and I act on my ideas. When I notice someone else has good intentions, I support them. My wife, Mary, our sons, Oliver and Grady, and I are volunteer builders with www.onesmallhouse.org, volunteer songwriters and music producers with www.songsoflove.org, and we act or speak up when we see an injustice.
Q. What barriers have you encountered, and how have you dealt with them?
A. No barriers, just challenges that I address with gusto. We work hard and plan well so we can afford to share our time and resources with others. When we make a mistake, we promptly apologize and make amends. When we do something right, we take the credit. We give others the opportunity to join us, and we join them in their noble endeavors.
Extra: Share a favorite quote that keeps you motivated.
“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.” –Edward E. Hale
What a great quote! Thank you Dave for your work, your inspiration and reminder to do good whenever we can.
For more information on Dave Kinnoin, visit songwizard.com.
(Image of Dave and Mexican boy with a shirt that says “Astronaut.” Dave says, "Hey, you never know.")