Friday, January 18, 2013

BIG Dreams!

In honor of the birth of the world changer, Martin Luther King, Jr., on Monday I am posting his passionate speech he so eloquently delivered in 1963 when he deviated from his written text. 

I couldn't help but think what if Mahalia Jackson didn't shout and beckon him to tell everyone about his dream that day? We would have been denied this inspirational message. This wasn't what was on the agenda to speak about. This was a heart felt declaration of a God given dream shared with conviction and love. Those words carried so much...they were not just flippant...they came from a place of much travail, anguish, hope, faith. He was prepared, but it took only one person to ask about his dream to move him from calculated words to a passionate heart outpouring. 

Last night I had dinner with a wonderful "newer" friend. I love getting to know people...I love to hear their hearts, their dreams, their passions. She told me about some thoughts of what her next season would hold. She was genuinely happy, but then when she started talking about one specific topic everything within her lit up...and it was evident. I had no question how excited about the opportunity before her. It would be a dream come true. She wasn't just talking about it, she was sharing her heart.

It is important to be prepared, but also be prepared to let the heart lead at times...it could very well have a lasting difference on the world! Don't be afraid to dream...dream big and then dream even bigger....and dream out loud. What's your dream?

I close with MLK Jr.'s dream:

I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.'
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Singing Praises Day 12

Before you start reading this blog, if you haven't already done so, take a moment to read the opening blog of this series here.

I have great respect for those who are able to keep up their blog. Some weeks are just full of life that I couldn't even imagine trying to fit one more thing in. But, alas, I will do what I can and give myself grace for the times I can't.

Dave Altizer

Just over a month ago, I wrote a blog singing the praises of the talented and amazing Jason Wain. He is one of my favorite people (especially one of my faves to follow on Twitter since he's so encouraging). I was super excited about him releasing his latest music video "Lonely" for a few reasons; (1) it's Jason Wain, (2) it's the song Lonely which I like a lot, and (3) the video producer was another person that I think is absolutely fantastic. Today I'm singing the praises of Dave Altizer (aka Dave Maze). 

I met Dave on one of the work trips I took last year to coal mining country Grundy, VA (it's not much of a vacation spot just in case you were wondering). Dave joined the trip to get video footage for one of the clients we worked with. He's a magician....no, seriously....he is....and he's Da'mazing...yep, that's right...Da'mazing! He's a great illusionist, but even more than being mysteriously magical he is a masterful video producer. 

His facebook bio states: "I film stuff with my camera and randomly edit it together. Sometimes it comes out kinda nice." This very well could be the understatement of 2013. Dave captures moments in photos and video that can not be classified anything less than art. To believe that he just happens upon these moments and to call it luck is just absurd. He has been blessed with an incredible gift. I truly believe he sees the beauty of creation through the lens of the Creator and puts it out there for the rest of us to see it. There is nothing mediocre or average about his work. This is not just a hobby. 

To my surprise, and a wonderful one at that, he was also part of the trip to Haiti that I took this past summer. I was soooo happy to find out that he would be there. He was commissioned to do a promotional video for myLIFEspeaks (...yep, I wrote a blog about the co-founder of myLIFEspeaks, Missy Warren, that you should read here and find out more about myLIFEspeaks here.). Take a couple minutes and watch the video to see what I mean about the type of work that Dave does...

We Are myLIFEspeaks from Dave Altizer on Vimeo.

I could go on and on about the work he does and the person that he is. I absolutely think he's fabulous. You should get acquainted with him yourself even if its just on social media:

Dave Altizer (Dave Maze)
Facebook: /mrdavealtizer 
Twitter: @DaveMaze 
Vimeo: /davealtizer