We’ve been using quite a few social media tools to enhance the event (and we are just sidebars on this celebration – see the wedding invitation video)
One of the more exciting tools we are using is UStream. Angela and I have both been around the globe and have friends and family all over (Did you know Angela was raised on the mission fields of Indonesia?)
“The hospital room may be spotless and sterile, but birth itself will always take place amid chaos, pain, and blood.”
- Steven Pressfield in Do the Work (Location 222 of 920)
Conception can be a beautiful thing. Its newness. Untested. Plenty of promise, potential, and possibilities. Can you feel the breath of a sigh as we look upon it?
I wonder if the sigh is an “ooh-aah” or a sigh of relief. Maybe it’s a sigh to help brace for what’s to come.
The reality: Conception is Messy
Whether giving birth to a baby or launching a product, writing a book or getting a retail store ready for opening day – conception can be messy. And even after conception, we’re going to have baby messes.
When I moved this site from Typepad to WordPress (this is the first post originating on WP), it had been over a year of waiting for the the right time. When the trigger was being pulled – I was sweating. I had stayed up the night before – all night – making sure everything was perfect (ish). And guess what – even with imperfection all around – there was celebration yesterday when the switch happened. Elation, even.
Maybe you have an idea. For a company. For a book. A blog. Maybe it’s someone you want to meet. Something you want to tell someone. A new mission. A ministry. Whatever it is, put it in motion.
Putting a few pieces together on some of these “half-baked, half-blogs” . . .
Tethered to Always On
I left my iPhone in the car. At first, I thought “big deal” — at first. But then, I saw a great photo/story opp I wanted to share on Instagram . . . and reached for a device that wasn’t there. No problem. I noticed clouds overhead and wanted to see the radar . . . and remembered my phone, in my car.
I wondered how come my best friend hadn’t texted me yet, if I had checked in at my choice of workstation for the day, if the Pirates won. I wanted to listen to the book I had on Audible, check my balance in my bank, cross reference a Bible verse . . . but all that was in the car.
So many things one can do on a mobile device, from social to local, everything is becoming . . .
If you haven’t heard of the newest acronymn, you will – because it’s sticking around. Just like blogs were a handful of years ago, the Social/Local/Mobile (SoLoMo) push is gaining speed in usage, infosumption, and content production. By business and individuals.
And mobile apps are becoming so easy to create, every freelancer should have their own app. Of course, the more in-depth of an app you want, the more it will cost. And there is profit to be made on an app, especially if you . . .
Build Your Mobile Apps with In-App Purchase
I’m hooked on the Smule Magic Piano. It’s the closest thing to a game I have on my device. So relaxing. A free app, that gives away free songs daily. Yet it also has it’s best songs available for sale. Immediately. With a single click. This could get has become addicting.
I notice some of the most popular apps available are free on the download, then upgrades and additions are premium and available for purchase (freemium). These apps get the users in the habit of using – so much so that they become . . .
Tethered to Always On – I’m gonna go get my phone from the car.
Friday afternoons are often a bit more relaxed, but relaxed doesn’t mean lazy. The Strong-End Summits (videos that will keep brains and hearts afire) are a way to end our week strong and come back refreshed.
A few immersions into new possibilities (see if you can hear them)
"Our deepest fear in not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous. Actually, who are you not to be? Your playing small doesn’t serve the world." - Nelson Mandela
That last line struck me: "Your playing small doesn't serve the world." It's one thing to be humble, but another to negate the gift and potential that lies within you.
Reminds me of this scene from Big Fish, Gigantificationism:
To the Critics, I have read your claims I have heard of your disdain I have been appalled by the brash boldness by which you wield your swords and loudly proclaim your one-sided judgments and close-minded conclusions through your megaphones
And although that day may come when I speak these things to your faces for now I write it down at 9:29 PM on March 15th — my 45th day of walking by the side of my Michael It has only taken me 45 days to see what you have so grotesquely missed by hundreds of miles It is you who is to be pitied not I for I know a man who you, with your plank-filled eyes and prideful hearts, may never know and for that you are to be pitied for I know Michael Gordon Sansone for who he truly is a man who is my gift from Father and my most valued prize in this earthly life for. . .
He is a valiant warrior He is a faithful follower of Christ He is a humble servant of the King He is a kind brother He is a fiercely devoted foxhole friend He is an extravagant lover He is an obedient and faithful disciple wherever Father leads He is a man who lives with the highest forms of integrity in all areas of his life He is a man of humility He is a man of faith-filled prayer He is a lifter-up of the bruised, burdened, bleeding, and beaten down He is a light to those who walk in darkness He is a filler of empty cups He is a beacon in the dark alleys to which most venture not He is a man of generosity, freely giving whether from his plenty or his little He is a raiser-up of the unjustly accused, cruelly misused, and maliciously mistreated He is a valiant warrior He is a servant leader He is a brave and brilliant visionary He is a man of quiet wisdom He is a coach who skillfully empowers those he trains He is a fellow journeyman who will walk beside you long before others will notice you and long after others have left you He is my Michael
So say what you’d like, but know that your words are wrong and grotesquely misplaced I pity you because the fear or the shame in your heart that made you miss knowing a man who lives his life as a gift to others His name is Michael Gordon Sansone And I will proudly stand beside him until my dying day
When I arrived back in Iowa in mid-January, little did I know . . . I was about to meet the love of my life. I wasn’t looking. I wasn’t even thinking. Not in the status or situation I was in.
What began as a friendly exchange of emails and short face-to-face meetings while serving others, blossomed into a fully engaging romance for the ages.
With consistent, transparent, frequent styles of conversation to each other – we fell in love. When walking together in agreement, working together towards the same goals, things just click.
Our marriage mission statement came together without even knowing it was being crafted:
February 23, 2011 — Day 25 — Philippians 1:25
Because He first loved us Uncommonly
We love with Uncommon Love
We serve an Uncommon God in an Uncommon Way
We celebrate with Uncommon extravagance
We embrace others with Uncommon love, service, and devotion
Father, bring us the common, we’ll turn it up and “un” towards You
in an extravagantly loving, abandoned faith and obedience way
By being the same person offline and online, the same person in public and in private … and recognizing the journey through a valley finds a peak on the other side … an uncommon life is lived.
Meet my bride-to-be, Angela Thye. She is my love, my strength, my laughter, a source of energy I’ve never experienced.
I wonder if we can U-Stream the wedding? (coming May 26, 2012 August 6, 2011)
Update: We can and did USTREAM it. Here are our vows: