Inspiring Me a Bit Today

Hope… I’m sorry but I don’t want to be an Emperor – that’s not my business – I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible, Jew, gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one another, human beings are like that.

We all want to live by each other’s happiness, not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone and the earth is rich and can provide for everyone.

The way of life can be free and beautiful.

But we have lost the way.

Greed has poisoned men’s souls – has barricaded the world with hate; has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed.

We have developed speed but we have shut ourselves in: machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical, our cleverness hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little: More than machinery we need humanity; more than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.

The airplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men, cries out for universal brotherhood for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world, millions of despairing men, women and little children, victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people. To those who can hear me I say “Do not despair”.

The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress: the hate of men will pass and dictators die and the power they took from the people, will return to the people and so long as men die [now] liberty will never perish…

Soldiers – don’t give yourselves to brutes, men who despise you and enslave you – who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel, who drill you, diet you, treat you as cattle, as cannon fodder.

Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men, machine men, with machine minds and machine hearts. You are not machines. You are not cattle. You are men. You have the love of humanity in your hearts. You don’t hate – only the unloved hate. Only the unloved and the unnatural. Soldiers – don’t fight for slavery, fight for liberty.

In the seventeenth chapter of Saint Luke it is written “the kingdom of God is within man” – not one man, nor a group of men – but in all men – in you, the people.

You the people have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness. You the people have the power to make life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then in the name of democracy let’s use that power – let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work that will give you the future and old age and security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power, but they lie. They do not fulfill their promise, they never will. Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people. Now let us fight to fulfill that promise. Let us fight to free the world, to do away with national barriers, do away with greed, with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness.

Soldiers – in the name of democracy, let us all unite!

Look up! Look up! The clouds are lifting – the sun is breaking through. We are coming out of the darkness into the light. We are coming into a new world. A kind new world where men will rise above their hate and brutality.

The soul of man has been given wings – and at last he is beginning to fly. He is flying into the rainbow – into the light of hope – into the future, that glorious future that belongs to you, to me and to all of us. Look up. Look up.

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I would love to hear what you think of this speech. Let me know in the comments below.

Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose

Today Mags and I have a lot going on but we woke up at the same time. Talked a bit and both are on edge about certain things.

Mags asked me what I was going to do about a certain situation and in an attempt to be funny/ hide my insecurity I said ” I don’t know but I do know Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose” and went to take my shower.

I thought about it in the shower and that is my prayer for today that I hope encourages you as well.

I Pray I have Clear Eyes

I Pray I have a Full Heart

And behind that I know we will be alright and Can’t Lose.

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My Birthday Is On January 13th..

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One of my favorite things about my wife is that she loves her Birthday (Sometimes I get annoyed with how much she loves her birthday which is on May 28th. We haven’t started the countdown yet but that’s the day it is on)

One of the least favorite things about me that I think my wife doesn’t like is I have a love/hate relationship with my birthday. I can never decide what I want to do, what I want, or even if I want to celebrate my birthday (I don’t think Mama Bear likes that either). I think I can say I am birthday Bi-Polar and this year I plan to change that.

I wish I could say I came up with this idea on my own but someone I went to High School with did it last year and I remembered it today and started to think about it. What she did for her 25th Birthday was 25 random acts of kindness and posted a picture of the acts of Kindness she did on her special day.

So this year I have decided that is what I would like to do and I am pretty excited about it. On January 13th I am going to do 26 random acts of kindness for people and share with my you the fun stories that come out of it. I am really excited to meet some new people while doing this and I think this will be the best birthday yet!

I am excited about January 13th this year and I can’t wait to see what happens!

Grace

“Because salvation is by grace through faith, I believe that among the countless number of people standing in front of the throne and in front of the Lamb, dressed in white robes and holding palms in their hands (see Revelation 7:9), I shall see the prostitute from the Kit-Kat Ranch in Carson City, Nevada, who tearfully told me that she could find no other employment to support her two-year-old son. I shall see the woman who had an abortion and is haunted by guilt and remorse but did the best she could faced with grueling alternatives; the businessman besieged with debt who sold his integrity in a series of desperate transactions; the insecure clergyman addicted to being liked, who never challenged his people from the pulpit and longed for unconditional love; the sexually abused teen molested by his father and now selling his body on the street, who, as he falls asleep each night after his last ‘trick’, whispers the name of the unknown God he learned about in Sunday school.

‘But how?’ we ask.

Then the voice says, ‘They have washed their robes and have made them white in the blood of the Lamb.’

There they are. There *we* are – the multitude who so wanted to be faithful, who at times got defeated, soiled by life, and bested by trials, wearing the bloodied garments of life’s tribulations, but through it all clung to faith.

My friends, if this is not good news to you, you have never understood the gospel of grace.”

― Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out

Thoughts on Today (12/14/12)

The past few Months have been amazing, draining, and inspiring all at the same time. I have had so many amazing opportunities that have helped to inspire me in the work I do as well as connect with people in a way that a few ways I never dreamed of.

If you would have asked me a two years ago I would be a Social Media Strategist that would have the chance to work with bands that I grew up loving, being able to be creative in many different areas in the social media world, as well as come full circle and get a chance to come back to work at the church I interned at as the Social Media Guru (Their title not mine) to work with students and parents on using social media to keep their kids safe I would have never believed you. Yet it still happened and I am humbled by it.

A few days ago a client I worked with asked if I could help get the word out to help an organization they wanted to see succeed with a pledge drive they were doing. I agreed and worked hard and with the people stepping up and agreeing to help the organization was able to reach their goal. I would never say that I saw the reason that happened I just was able to use the skills I have and the channels they have to help to make that happen. It was an amazing feeling because at the core at what I want to do is to help people.

A few weeks before I saw a need for a group of people at my church trying to reach out to more people about Sandy Relief project they were doing and again with the skills and ideas I have I was able to help raise more awareness for this project and help to get the word out about the wonderful things that people were doing to help people in need. It was amazing to God work (or if you don’t believe the goodness in people prevail.

But today I saw something different that wasn’t right. A horrible group of events happened that led to the deaths of 20 children and 8 adults. (I can’t speak on the event that happened in China because I have not looked at that) It left me in shock. One of my jobs is being a nanny to family of 4. I could not fathom the hurt they families this happened to and I won’t pretend to think I could ever be able to try.

The moment I heard and realized what happened I immediately took down all of the promoted posts that were going to happen for my accounts that day and left the accounts with the truth that “our thoughts and prayers were going out to those families” It was the truth and not a way to capitalize on the situation but I feel like with social media our goal is to push content and try to engage with our fans so we can produce an ROI for our clients but we need to remember that with social media we are working with people. People whose lives are all very different but can be connected to an event in any way.

I then just sat and watched. I watched Twitter and Facebook mostly to see other people’s reactions and how other brands were handling and it upset me. Instead of making sure that automated posts about TGIF were not going to go out or the email marketing about better ways to save money or push a special going on didn’t go out today I saw them.

I then watched people’s reaction everything on twitter. The overwhelming desire to hold on to their children when they got home from school and the Thoughts and Prayers for the families involved was all very moving but then the ugly head of how all of this could have been prevented popped it’s head up. Better gun control could have been in place, the person should have been offered better mental health options, God let this happen because His people have disobeyed him, and many more things that didn’t need to be said in a public forum.

Today was a day of loss for many. I would encourage you to put your opinions on the way it should have been handled on the back burner and take a moment to pray for those families or have them in your thoughts. Don’t try voice your opinion on what could have been put in place but to think about what you post. The families and community involved need our encouragement and love. Not our ability to point out the problems and how we would should fix it. There is a time and place to do that but right after is not the time.

As far as my fellow Social Media/ Content marketers I urge you to keep up to date with what’s going on so an automated posts doesn’t send a backlash to the brand you represent. I know our goal is to get engagement and allow our brands to be heard and seen but on days like today our message or product doesn’t matter. In social media the people matter and we should be aware of that.

My prayers and thoughts are with all of those who are involved and have lost loved ones. I am so sorry this happened. I will be praying for you and if I can help with anything I am willing to try.

Thanks for reading,

Andy

Updated: If you are are looking for a way to donate to the families in Newton check out HopeMob here: http://hopemob.org/newtown

Watch the video below to learn more about HopeMob or head here to see what they are about here: http://hopemob.org/what_is_hopemob

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A Letter To My Daughter

I wrote this last week for a class I am taking.  I hope you all enjoy it.

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Dear Optimus Prime,

I have known the day would come when you would grow up from my little girl to becoming an amazing woman. It is now time for me to pass along the poems of Anne Bradstreet to you. Anne was a strong woman like you but she did not have to deal with the fact her parent’s named her and her twin brother after transformers. I felt like it would help to shape you and Megatron in a way I never could.

Anne was a woman of convictions and courage. Anne was able to articulate herself in a way that showed she was independent and smart. You are a lot like Anne. In a time where she was not respected because she was a woman and her works were later published without her permission she still stood tall and is a shining example of what can be accomplished in the face of adversity. I hope as you are going through these formative years that you will be able to understand that you are worthy and loved. That nothing you can say or do will change the love your mother and I have for you. You are precious and a treasure in our eyes.

The poem I would like for you to read is titled The Author to Her Book. This poem was written after her works were published without her permission. Maybe you will feel that way after I make hardcopies of your online blog and send it out to your grandparents. I am kidding. I would never do that to you. Anne is very hurt and angered that these works were published. She speaks of a child and a mother and their relationship. Like her work that was published without any edits or revisions the child is thrust into the public eye.  The mother feels like her child was not ready for the world to see. The child was not ready or had been taken care of by the mother in order for the world to see. The mother had not taught her the rights and wrongs of that time.

Optimus what I want your to hear in this poem is that you may feel like you are ready to take on the world. That your mother and I are holding you back from your full potential to do what you want to do right now but we are protecting you like Anne wishes she could have done to her poems. They were precious to her and she wanted to give them the best that she could before they were set free onto the world. I want you to know that when we get into fights or we do not let you do what you want to do is not because we don’t care or love you. It is because you are precious in our sight and we want to make sure you are ready for the big world. We want to protect and hide you but sometimes that is not right. The world can be harsh and hurtful.

You are our biggest accomplishment and will continue to be. When you read this please do not feel like we are trying to change you or don’t think you are amazing the way you are. Like your mother and I still have some things to keep working on. We will never be perfect but for as long as we can we want to give you the tools so you don’t feel like this mother does in this poem. You will be judged and talked about all of your life but remember that we are there for you.

Love,

Dad

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What’s been going on with Hilibofas!

I just wanted to take a little bit and update everyone with what’s been going on in the life of Hilibofas

  • My wonderful wife finished her summer semester in for the Nursing Program. We are just waiting on her Owl from Hogwarts so we can start packing. Very proud of her!

  • On Wednesday I will be leaving to go on The Favorite Gentlemen tour. Really pumped to be on the road with my buds in All Get Out, Death on Two Wheels, Junior Astronomers, and Harrison Hudson. Here is a free download over at on the Noisetrade website: http://www.noisetrade.com/thefavoritegentlemen    Enjoy and share

  •  I got a chance to help David Bazan with some social media problems he was having. He has to be one of my Favortie artists around. If you haven’t check out any of his stuff go for “Hard To Be” or anything he has done with Pedro the Lion.

  • I have been reading a Book called “All is Grace” by Brennan Manning. Here is a something from the book that has been a bit life changing for me. I hope you enjoy.

With what strength I have left, I want to grab the chains and pull, one last time. My hope, as always, is to point to the God too good to be true, my Abba. I’ve no delusions of heroically bringing down the house of fear that imprisons so many. My desire is to witness, nothing else.My message, unchanged for more than fifty years, is this: God loves you unconditionally, as you are and not as you should be, because nobody is as they should be. It is the message of grace, the life-shattering gift my heart experienced in February 1956. It is the life-sustaining gift I remain broken by now in February 2011.

Some have labeled my message as one of “cheap grace.” In my younger days, their accusations were a gauntlet thrown down, a challenge. But I’m an old man now and I don’t care. My friend Mike Yaconelli used the phrase unfair grace, and I like that, but I have come across another I would like to leave you with. I believe Mike would like it; I know I do. I found it in the writings of the Episcopal priest Robert Farrar Capon. He calls it vulgar grace.

In Jesus, God has put up a “Gone Fishing” sign on the religion shop. He has done the whole job in Jesus once and for all and simply invited us to believe it–to trust the bizarre, unprovable proposition that in him, every last person on earth is already home free without a single religious exertion: no fasting till your knees fold, no prayers you have to get right or else, no standing on your head with your right thumb in your left ear and reciting the correct creed–no nothing… The entire show has been set to rights in the Mystery of Christ–even though nobody can see a single improvement. Yes, it’s crazy. And yes, it’s wild, outrageous, and vulgar. And any God who would do such a thing is a God who has no taste. And worst of all, it doesn’t sell worth beans. But it is Good News–the only permanently good news there is–and therefore I find it absolutely captivating.” (The Romance of the Word, pg 20).

That’s all I have for the time being. I should be updating more when I’m on the road. I am looking forward to getting back into posting more so I hope you enjoy reading more from me.

Also here is a throwback for those who have never seen it

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