Youth Unlimited GTA is an incredibly diverse organization. Sometimes, I can feel like my work with LAUNCH doesn't fit in with the rest of the programs.
Let me explain...
We are swinging back around to that bit in chapter 4, dipping my toe back into the acting pool because its still what I'm made for. Or at the very least, I have to know if I can do this. I'm certain I won't become famous, rich, or win awards from acting. But I'm trying it out an that is the victory in this part of the journey.
The relevant details are up for grabs and the storyteller has the opportunity to choose only what matters most with the responsibility to tell about the best parts.
We need each other. We need to learn from each other. We desperately need to not base our lives off some subtle tendency to compete in every little way. Whether you're parenting small kids - or big kids for that matter - or you're starting a business or getting married or buying a house or creating art or feeding others or any number of other noble efforts you might be up to today, you're new at it, and so are we.
Your entire life story can be narrowed down to whether you say 'yes' or 'no'.
Every day, every conversation, every meal, every game you play, each picture you post, they all require you to say yes to something and no to something else.
I love it when people say yes, because that means you are opening a door to a new experience...
I'm so passionate about the idea of SHARING these days, I'm seeing how it is affecting my life and those around me and I felt like I just had to talk about it a bit more. This time, in a kitchen, setting up for a meal...
After 6 months of support-raising and learning a new organization and meeting new people and dabbling in speaking on behalf of LAUNCH, this was the moment I knew I am exactly where I am meant to be.
When I was speaking at an High School Event not long ago, one of the students got up at the end and in front of the room said, "My name is Shane, and I want to say thanks! Your talk today got me excited about my future."
WHAT!? Pardon me? I did what now? My words affected you how?
We are desperately trying to lock eyes with God, if only for a second, or trying to get close enough to touch His foot so we know He is real. But what if that’s not the point? What if I missed the best part of the concert (the music and the people I was with) because I was so focused on the goddess dancing in her red boots under the lights?
Christians can get so caught up trying to get the attention of the lead singer on stage that they miss their friend falling down next to them from dehydration.
I heard them squawking from far in the distance, then looked up to see two Canada Geese flapping across the sky at dusk. They might have been a couple, but if I didn't know better I'd say one was chasing the other.
They were floating in a nearby pond, having a lazy evening when the one goose said, "look at that, a dolphin in the pond," and pointed down to the water with his beak. When the other goose fell for the fake out and looked closer, the trickster lifted out of the water and stood right on top of the other, submerging her in the mucky pond-water. Then he flapped his hardest to get a head start! As they flew across the sky just above the trees, one was yelling, "get back here, you jerk!" And the other was laughing so hard he could hardly stay in the air. Their going to lay their eggs soon. Those ducklings have a silly daddy.
Inspired by the book Ideas Are All Around, I see stories in everything now.
Like, the girl who puts her shoes on the wrong feet every single time. She doesn't seem to care, she is asked to get her shoes on, so she does.
Why worry about the details of which shoe goes on which foot? Just go.
She should get things right before she moves forward. But to her, moving forward is the right thing to do, regardless of where your shoes are.
I'm going to write a bunch of short stories, some will be good, others will be terrible. It may not work but at least I've got my shoes on and I'm moving forward.
When you decided to get married you did it because you couldn't hold back this romantic love you had for this woman. Then you got married and you thought this was about meeting your needs, like she was supposed to fill all the gaps you had in your own life. Then you became responsible to care for another human being that was completely helpless without you and your wife.
And you're (only) 22 years old!
Hope is like a balloon, we blow it up more and more and more and more, with each breath the tension grows a little greater with expectation, more and more and more. We hope for better lives, better jobs, good schools, a great marriage, safe lives for our kids, we hope for crime to stop and violence to disappear, we hope for something better - another way. Then,
Too often, I choose not to have fun with them because I think it will take too much energy. But, when I do engage, I laugh, I create stories and games, and often end up actually getting some much-needed exercise. So, while having fun does require energy, here's three things it gives us that make the tiredness completely worth pushing through: