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Aug 03 2013

Greatness: A Video For Everyone

Published by under Life,Videos

Human beings are INCREDIBLE!

All of us share the commonality of being human. But from there, we branch out and have wildly varied interests – sports, music, art, math, writing, fashion, animals, people. We have the ability to use our gifts and talents in the things that interest us.

But we often get sabotaged.

THE TWO GORILLAS
We let both internal and external resistance derail us from living out who we are.

Internally, there’s the Gorilla of Inertia. Put a car in neutral and try pushing it. It isn’t easy. We struggle to get started on what we’re doing.

Externally, there’s the Gorilla of Public Opinion. We imagine ourselves standing on a stage with people throwing tomatoes at us.

We all experience these realities to some extent. One gorilla is bad enough. Two feel overwhelming. The result is that we don’t create and do the things we really want to.

But it wasn’t always that way. Kids have no creation inertia. And they don’t really care what anyone thinks. The point isn’t public opinion, it’s the overwhelming urge to get what’s on their inside to the outside.

TEST CASE
Last night, my roommate and I were sitting around talking about life. Among other things, he has interests in music. I have interest in words and ideas. So we combined our interests into the 15-second video below.

If you look at the top of this video, you’ll see he’s playing the song live. I wrote the words to my piece as he wrote the music for his.

I helped write the end of his piece. He helped write the beginning of mine.

It took us 15 minutes to create each of our pieces. And 15 minutes to get the video just how we wanted it.

REACH INSIDE YOURSELF AND MAKE SOMETHING TODAY! And think about overcoming The Gorillas with a friend!

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Jan 19 2009

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Spoken Word Poem

Published by under Poems,Videos

Welcome to Monday! Well, I drew out names for the prize winners from Friday’s question. I did record the drawing but I’m not going to post it. There was nothing awesome in it, I promise. The results:

  • Fiction Family CD – Amanda
  • $10 iTunes Gift Card – Kyla

I’ll send both of you an email to make arrangements for delivery of said items! Thanks a lot to everyone who answered, there were a lot of good questions. I’m going to post them later this week in a list form for anyone interested.

In other news, I AM returning to my Why Guys Aren’t Asking You Out series, but it won’t be until Wednesday. I have a big post for tomorrow on another topic. When you read it, you’ll understand why I pushed the series to Wednesday.

Today, however, I give you a spoken word poem I wrote about Martin Luther King, Jr. A lot of you probably have the day off in celebration of MLK Day. This very brief history of the United States is something I think is noteworthy!

In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves to be free.

In 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech.

Two days from now, a black President will be sworn in as leader of the free world.

That, to me, is incredible progress!

But in every day America, there’s still a long way to go. I’m glad we get reminded of it every year by MLK Day.

Dr. King would have been 80 last Thursday.

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