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She Still Had Music in Her Soul

This weekend, I saw an unfortunate and all too common occurence, a valuable resource was tossed out and left for the garbage man to pick up.  As I drove up to the church where  this piano ha…

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She Still Had Music in Her Soul

 

This weekend, I saw an unfortunate and all too common occurence, a valuable resource was tossed out and left for the garbage man to pick up.  As I drove up to the church where  this piano had been pushed outside by the dumpster, a pang of regret and hurt came to my heart.  I wondered why this grand piano had been thrown away and what logic had been used to consider simply rolling it outside  where it could now be rained on and ruined?  Was an attempt made to repair it?  Was it offerred to a school or anyone who could possibly use it?  Thoughts bombarded my mind as I also considered the thousands of souls who’s lives had been saved while listening to this piano in church.  How many people had come to know Jesus?  How many people had cried, laughed, celebrated as the keys of this piano were masterfully played?

How many more songs still wanted to come out of this piano even as it sat there by the dumpster?  

I asked several of the musicians in between services if they knew anything about this piano and why it had been thrown out?  No one seemed to know but they all agreed it was ashame it was not offerred for use to another facility.  Moreover, they agreed with me that in throwing it out, at least a proper acknowledgement and blessing should have come to thank the piano for it’s music and gifts it provided.  I know this sounds a bit hokey!  But seriously, when an instrument has been so important to have served and helped save souls, doesn’t it deserve a proper burial?  In many ways, the acknowledgment is not for the piano but for US! It’s an acknowlegment of resource and hope.  It’s an opportunity to appreciate God for what He has given us and to also demonstrate how we care for His good gifts.  Unfortunately, I know the people who probably decided to roll this piano out to the dumpster didn’t mean any malice or harm by this act.  They saw only one way to handle the situation-throw it away!

This is a symptom of our culture and our world in many ways.  We have lost the regard for our use of God’s resources and are now in a time when our consumption globally is outstripping our ability to replace the resources we are burning, cutting, and polluting.  Our appreciation and carefulness has slipped and one has to wonder how this planet will look in the next century?

Will there still be green lush forest to cool the earth and provide life giving oxygen for the mammals?  Will the seas still be dark blue and waves crash onto the shore with only the sand and shells of the marine life?  Or will there be pollutants in every crashing wave?  Will there still be fossil fuels to burn or a safe alternative that provides transportation by plane, car, truck, train, boat, or bus?

We wonder what song are our resources singing today?  What song do they sing when we waste them and what song will they sing tomorrow if any song?  

As we consider a thoughtful shift in consciousness, I suggest asking the question,

“Because I can use this, do this, purchase this etc, does it mean I should?”  

At the very least ask the question, consider the need you have and then make an informed and conscious choice.  If we begin to ask more questions and consider thoughtfully our use of God’s gifts, like our resources, I know we can be happier and more connected to God.

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(S)port (H)ope (O)pportunity (W)orld

SHOW – SPORT GIVES HOPE, HOPE LEADS TO OPPORTUNITY, AND OPPORTUNITY WILL CHANGE THE WORLD!!

A NEW ACRONYM FOR HOPE IN THE WORLD!  

SHOW (sport, hope, opportunity, world)

In Major League Baseball(MLB), they call the pinnacle, when a player reaches the Major League level, the show.  It’s called the show because the countless hours spent practicing, working, believing, hoping, and a little bit of luck and circumstance all come to this magical moment.  Now, players display their talent in front of thousands of fans watching live in the stadium and possibly millions through television, radio, and internet.  The show is a display of athleticism, talent, and remarkable feats many wish they could do, but few ever are capable.  Hitting a fastball at 95 m.p.h., catching a line drive coming at the head off the bat at 130 m.p.h. and diving into mid air to rob a hitter of a single.  All these feats and far more happen in the show, MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL.

As well, every other major sport in the world has it’s equivalent of the show in the MLB.  Horse racing has the Triple Crown, American football has the National Football League (NFL), and soccer has the World Cup.  Regardless of the athletic talent, there is a show for athletes to share their gift with the world.

But what if a child who was talented and had a God given gift never was able to kick a soccer ball, throw a baseball, or bounce a basketball?  What if the world never got to witness the heroic feats of the great Spanish player, Messi?  What if the world never knew Michael Jordan?  Unfortunately, there is probably a soccer player somewhere in the world that is better than Messi could ever be but we will never know him/her because he/she will never have a ball to kick or a coach to teach. And while that is sad, it’s more than just disappointing and sad, it’s tragic.  Moreover, in all probability the lack of infrastructure and investment in youth sports programming around the world could be part of the ‘why’ we can’t solve poverty.

If you look at the most prosperous nations in the world and the poorest nations, you’ll see that countries with higher gross domesitic products (GDP) have more advanced sports and arts programming.  While countries with poor GDP are devoid of amply supplied sports/arts.  Could it be that by not supplying the sports and arts programming to children living in the poorest economies we are missing important hard wiring of the brain in these children to help themselves pull out of poverty?  Certainly, the research points to this conclusion and a large body of evidence gives reason to believe giving sports/arts a serious investment in the most under resourced countries could be part of a poverty alleviation strategy.

Watch this to learn more about the impact of sports as a catalyst for development

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Watch this to see hor our Gear for Goals project is poised to be the solution to this huge hole in the heart of youth around the world. 

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Flying into the Wind May Be the Best Option

 

 

It’s a common belief in the world of ideas and investing that heading into the wind is not a good idea.  We often hear that it is best to have the wind at your back and to invest in the trend.  Don’t go against the flow, the current!  The same is often said of working toward achieving our dreams.  Why would you ever want to head into the wind, the resistance?  But is this always the best strategy?  What do you think?

Well, if you’re flying it certainly is not.  When an aircraft lines up on a runway to take flight, to transport passengers, to take flight and achieve lift, the best strategy is to head into the wind.  Yes, head into the wind, not have the wind behind your back and certainly not at your side, also called a crosswind.  Aircraft take off into the wind and land into the wind.  The reason is based on the principle of how flight works and offers relevance in this discussion about how we may want to approach our life and challenges we face.

As planes begin to move down a runway gaining groundspeed achieved by the propeller or the turbines in the jet engines, the speed reaches a critical point called rotation speed.  At this speed, a phenomenon begins to take place where air pressure moving over the edge of the wing seperates into two pressure areas.  As this occurs, the pressure because of the shape and slope of the wing becomes higher under the wing and lighter on top of the wing.  When this occurs the natural tendency of the entire aircraft is to lift off the ground and take flight.  At this critical speed, a pilot causes slight pressure changes to occur further by holding the wheel (yoke) and pulling slightly back just enough to maintain a constant rate of incline and ascent.  This is the basics of flight 101.

So why is this relevant to our dreams for our lives and what we care about?  

Well, honestly it wouldn’t be unless you consider the key parts of this remarkable feat. To achieve flight we combine laws of gravity, air, design, momentum, and skill. These factors can also be parallel ideas of thought to virtually anything we want to work toward achieving lift and eventually having soar.  What dreams do you have for your life or for others that you may have felt you’re heading into the wind and there doesn’t seem to be any sign of let up from the blowing storm in your face?  Maybe the stormy winds can become your ally if you shift your focus and use a different design or achieve more momentum to get the lift you need to ROTATE the plane and get it off the ground.  Once you get the plane off the ground (your dream) you’d be surprised how it will take flight.

Let your dreams soar and take flight, let them head into the wind and take flight.

At Dreamweaver, we help the needy become the needed and though many face strong headwinds in their lives, we know a new view on the way to approach change can make all the difference.  When the Wright Brothers were working with the dynamics of flight they didn’t allow small set backs to deter their goal.  They experimented with design, weather, and skills to achieve their goal.  In the same way, we are going to have to take a wider view of poverty and the challenges of the world and look at things we may not have viewed as useful and also be open to entirely new ideas we never encountered before.  We have a mission and the challenges of the world are waiting for us to be the pilots that will achieve lift and flight to overcome everyone of them.

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Grab a Shovel and Start Digging…

There is something you care deeply about and would love to see change.  Grab a shovel and start digging a foundation of change and you’ll be surprised how quickly your foundation becomes a cause others join in and start digging alongside with you.

Every great social movement began with an idea and an individual or group of people who said, “this has to change and I(we) are going to do something about it.”  Perhaps one of the most famous Agents of Social Change in America, who took a stand or more appropriately took a seat was Rosa Parks.  Rosa Parks was a black social activist who was a member of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) in the 1950’s and part of an organized group of courageous black leaders that wanted to change the laws that seperated Americans of color from whites.  For years, there was a standard in America that it was satisfactory to maintain ‘seperate but equal’ facilities.  Schools, bathrooms, drinking fountains, seats on buses, and virtually every part of American life had a clear boundary between blacks and whites.  Moreover, this seperation had allowed Americans of color to be oppressed, brutalized, and treated with the most inhumane injustice.

But a movement to change these circumstances had been growing since the 19th century when slavery had ended in America and had continued to the mid 20th century.  At this time in history, enough people had picked up shovels and came alongside other courageous builders to challenge the status quo, but they needed a moment to motivate a socially inspiring call to action.  So, the organizers of the NAACP decided they were going to stage a boycott of the bus system in Montgomery, Alabama.  On December 1, 1955, Parks boarded the bus and took a seat normally reserved for white passenger only.  As the bus continued to pick up passengers, a white male boarded and demanded the seat Parks was sitting in.  When she refused, the bus was boarded by police and she was arrested.  This caused a groundswell of sympathizers to come together and led to a 381 day strike of the Montgomery bus line.  Eventually, the bus company caved and changed their policy and other regions of the south began to also stage their own political stands for change.

Yes, Rosa Parks was extremely courageous to have taken this stand and be the Agent of Social Change that would spur a social storm that continues today.  There has been progress in our racial barriers in America and around the world.  Yet, there is still digging to do.  As well, there is digging to do in many other socially reprehensible places in the world.  Gender inequality, iliteracy, poverty, human trafficking, global climate change, pollution-waste management, income disparity, political corruption, discrimination, bullying, animal abuse, and many other social issues are waiting for someone to pick up a shovel and start digging.

So what do you want to change today?  Is there a cause that is speaking to you?  Don’t worry about having it all figured out before you begin.  If you just begin, you will be amazed at the energy, drive, and passion you’ll find.  God bless your journey to change something that needs your care and love in the world.

Rosa Parks and other Agents of Social Change are covered in Wavers & Beggars, New Insight and  Hope to End  Poverty and Global Challenges 

 

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Who’s Your Wilson?

 

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In the movie Cast Away, Tom Hanks imaginary friend, Wilson, provided comfort and friendship in the midst of his life threatening crisis.  Though, Wilson never spoke a word, breathed a single breath, or reflected any emotion.  So what does this say about our need to be heard?  What does it say about our need to be connected to one another and to not be alone?  As well, is there something to take away from the friendship Wilson provided Tom Hanks and how we are the creators or our destiny.

Man is unique in our need to be loved and cared for in the most nurturing and special ways.  Among the mammals in the animal kingdom, few harbor the need or desire to nurture and as a result this one need speaks to the importance of ‘why’ we have been able to thrive and exist for billions of years.  It’s our need and ability to connect with others that has created partnership and collaboration to build an ongoing narrative of possibility.

As we have evolved our need to connect drives us to seek one another and find love, companionship, and understanding.  As Hanks discovered when he was lost on the uninhabited island, it can be scary and very lonely without a friend to help you make it through the stormy nights of life.  Hope can be lost but having a friend, even if it is an imaginary friend we make up in our head and we are merely talking to our self, can calm those fears and bring peace.

I’ve heard it said that if you can count on one hand with your five fingers the number of close friends you can count on at the end of your life, you’ve probably had a successful life story.  What’s important to take away from that thought is to recognize it the midst of our drive to collect things, race to appointments, and ‘get it done’, our relationships are ultimately what matters the most in the twilight of our life.

Today begin to consider how you measure your success.  Are you basing your wealth on money, homes, cars, and possessions? Or are you taking a more holistic view of your life and basing your wealth on your friendships and the connection you have to community?

As we have detailed in Wavers & Beggars, it is our desire to wave at one another and connect and be seen that is powerful human desire.  The wave and the need to connect is the same in North America, Africa, India, Asia, Europe, South America, and Australia.  It doesn’t matter the color of your skin, the language spoken, or the religion you follow, we all need one another to survive.

Who can you count on today?  Who is your Wilson?

 

 

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Wavers & Beggars

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What Does His Wave Say to You?

If you were traveling along a dusty road in East Africa and you saw this friendly, happy boy waving at you as you drove by, what would you think about his life?  Would you recognize his smile is pure?  Would you see his eyes are caring?  Would you be inspired by his circumstance knowing that despite the poverty that resides around him, he still smiles and waves at you?  So many thoughts, feelings, and assumptions can be forged in the brief moments of a friendly wave between two people who have never met and probably will never know one another other than to have waved to one another.

The wave is a universal sign recognized around the world as a greeting.  Whether you live in the United States, Kenya, Haiti, or Spain, when you and I wave and a stranger waves back, we are speaking a common language that connects us.  But have you ever considered a deeper meaning to the wave?  As well, have you considered another common gesture that  is used around the world, the cupped hand of a beggar?  What does this gesture have to tell the world about the child or desperate mama who has to beg today for food or a few coins to buy food?  How do you and I react to the beggar? What feelings come?  Am I trusting the intentions of the beggar and am I going to give something today to help him/her out?  So many ideas and judgments can flow from the briefest of interactions and observations of a beggar.  Once again, a universal hand gesture known around the world has a gift to teach and connecting the waver and the beggar is the vision for the new book coming this Summer, Wavers & Beggars.

Wavers & Beggars is a deep and meaningful journey of discovery for you to examine these two metaphors and how they show up in humanity.  Recognizing within every man and woman is a waver and a beggar is the beginning to changing the desperate circumstances of so many people who are suffering.  I have discovered in my own life, I am a waver and a beggar.  Discovering this truth and how I have begged at times in my life for acceptance, things, God’s intercession, and help, provides a connection for me to the beggar alongside the road anywhere in the world.  As well, my recognition of my own frail humanity gives me the desire to do something for them.  Wavers & Beggars is only a part of the ‘do something’ I want to offer as my gift and help to improve the lives of the suffering people of the world.

 

For more information about Wavers & Beggars (Published by Westbow) contact Dr. Warren Bruhl:  dr.bruhl@dreamweaver911.org

 

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