It's easy to get caught up in our equity based society and see our value in such a limited way. Take a look at this video to get a different perspective.
Let me count the ways...
Friend me, facebook me, tweet me, link me, myspace me, google me, youtube me, yahoo me, IM me, plurk me, twine me, reddit me, stumble upon me, digg me, flicker me, delicio.us me, blink me, rss me, furl me, fark me, blog me, post me, text me.... (yes, I know there's 100 more)
I'm not sure this is what Elizabeth Barrett Browning had in mind. With all the opportunity for connection, the world should be a better place, shouldn't it? Perhaps we spend too much time connecting with each other and not enough loving each other. Time will tell....
Frederick Buechner once wrote that "we live in falsity when we live from the outside in rather than from the inside out." I came across this quote while reading a different author last week and can't get the thought out of my mind.
I think this is the core issue with so much of the world today. We have allowed outside influences to determine our path rather than choosing a path and walking it. We buy what we are told is best to buy, we read what we are told is best to read, we drive what we are told is best to drive and we live where we are told it's best to live. I'm not talking just about advertisement, but also of a societal movement to find equity in mimicry, i.e. we are better people because we do things alike and buy things alike.
Living from the inside out brings uniqueness. Unfortunately in our society, uniqueness is not often rewarded. If it is rewarded, it soon turns into a trend to be followed, thus eliminating it as unique. Competition, a religion in the U.S., is a matter of how I can be like you, but better. Living from the inside out eliminates competition and encourages community. If I intrinsically provide something different than you, we can work together as a support for each other and others.
Think about living from the inside out, at home, in your business, in your spiritual life. Being self aware is the first step. Self awareness is not nurtured in our society because we are taught to key on and react to external influences from an early age. Try this for a first step. Take a walk and eliminate any outside input. Walk very early before there is a lot of noise and leave your iPod at home.
Listen. I think you'll be amazed at what you hear. More later....
There are two questions the average American is being forced to ask that will eventually kill off the global economic system if we don't evolve past them.
Instead of creating the best products and services we can, the ultimate goal has become shareholder value. Add to this the need to increase shareholder value significantly year over year and this question leads to a "good enough" attitude. Built in obsolescence, cheaper products to enable the average American to get more and more, and retirements based on shareholder value rather than excellence are all part of the unsustainable system that will eventually become extinct.
2. How can I do the least harm?
Whether its with casting our votes in a two party system, trying to be "green" in ways that increase shareholder value or raising our children in a consumer society, we have all lowered the bar from "How can I do the most good?" to "How can I do the least harm?"
Feel free to correct me here as I'm not an economist, but this is the struggle I'm having. To evolve is monumental, but in my humble opinion, until we change the questions we'll never find an answer that creates a sustainable future for not just the U.S., but the world.
There's been a LOT of talk this year and last about being a part of the solution. I for one think Obama has done a great job in being inclusive. It's not the Government's problem, it's not the Corporation's problem, it's not the Poor People's problem and it's not the Rich People's problem. It's OUR problem - or set of problems to deal with.
I've said before that since we are a Republic, WE The People have to take responsibility for what WE do, what WE vote for, and how WE will proceed as a nation through this generation. It's not who YOU voted for or what YOU or I do that matters, it's what WE do and will do that makes the difference. Political rhetoric is the worst kind of cowardice. It's easier to say something than to do something. LET'S accept responsibility and move on.
Clearly the world is not doing well. WE are not doing well. You can look back and point to blame, or you can look ahead and point to solutions. Pick a cause that will make the world a better place and volunteer. Maybe you could even make it a full time occupation. That's exactly what I'm trying to do - won't you join me?
Better yet, be out in front and show US the way to a better world.
So I'm eating a Novo's with the "Bunko Boys" last night and was naming off the companies I run accounts for on Twitter and Facebook. The list is getting longer as so many small businesses don't really have time to worry about promoting on the internet and getting involved in all this new social media springing up.
The nice part about what I do is that I learn so much about each category that I can help in other ways - especially getting Organic Traffic from Google - the holy grail of Search Engine Optimization or SEO. Free traffic to your website by just optimizing your site for searches is a great way to grow your business.
I still have some slots open to help set up, grow or run your social media as well as help you make your website traffic grow which in turn should translate to sales. This costs less than you think, so give me a call at 805-748-1333 or email me at: email@example.com.
By the way, the Thai Red Curry is spicy and fantastic at Novo's. I'm paying for it this morning though. : )
(My personal project Twitter For Food is coming again July 1st. Skip a meal and use the savings to fund a Hunger Relief Organization)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Tim Blair
Twitter For Food Founder
P: (805) 748-1333
Twitter For Food World Hunger Campaign Begins On Twitter
On June 1, 2009, the inaugural Twitter For Food day is set to launch. Tim Blair, the founder of Twitter For Food is asking everyone on Twitter to skip a meal on June 1st and donate the savings to any world hunger relief organization. The goal for this first campaign is to raise $5 million from twitter users for the relief of World Hunger.
“I believe one person can make a difference and a million Twitter users could significantly impact the desperate problem of people starving around the world today” says Tim Blair, a Twitter user, freelance writer and founder of Twitter For Food. “I recently read ‘The Hole In Our Gospel’ by Richard Stearns, the President of World Vision, and was so struck with the tragic stories and statistics of world hunger, I just felt I had to do something immediately.”
Tim has been a Twitter user for quite a while and has made many friends through the service across the world. He feels it is the perfect venue to launch a big campaign like this quickly. His hope is that he can reach 5 million of the 20 million Twitter users and that at least one million will answer the call to donate even a small amount on Monday, June 1st to any World Hunger organization. If this is successful, Tim will choose more dates later in the year to repeat and hopefully grow the Twitter For food campaign.
There is a Twitter For Food website (http://enklings.typepad.com/twitter_for_food) that explains the simple campaign and will be posting updates and results of the campaign along with links to many relief organization websites where people can donate. Tim Blair will also be giving regular updates and notices on his twitter account: @enklings.
You can follow the campaign at: http://enklings.typepad.com/twitter_for_food
You can also follow Tim Blair on twitter at : http://twitter.com/enklings
Twitter For Food is a campaign started and funded by Tim Blair who is the founder of Enklings Studio, a business consultancy and freelance writing firm located in San Luis Obispo, CA that works with start-ups and small businesses in industries such as: Ecommerce, Green Building, Organic Farnming, Wine Sales and Marketing, Non-Profits and Graphic Design.
So here's the deal. I'm just about through with "A Hole In Our Gospel" by Rich Stearns, the President of World Vision and I'm pretty fired up to do something while I look for something more to do. (Pretty normal for me, I hate to be idle) I'll post more about the book when I'm done with it.
So I started a campaign on twitter to skip a meal on June 1st and give the money you would spend to a charity for hunger. I explain it all over at a new site twitter for food . So for the next two week I'm going to be raging to get people to retweet the message and hopefully on Monday June 1st, something cool will happen.
Join me, won't you?
"Late in the afternoon the twelve disciples came to him and said, 'Send the crowds away to the nearby villages and farms, so they can find food and lodging for the night. There is nothing to eat here in this deserted place.' But Jesus said, 'You feed them.' 'Impossible!' they protested. 'We have only five loaves of bread and two fish. Or are you expecting us to go and buy enough food for this whole crowd?' For there were about five thousand men there. 'Just tell them to sit down on the ground in groups of about fifty each,' Jesus replied. So the people all sat down. Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and asked God's blessing on the food. Breaking the loaves into pieces, he kept giving the bread and fish to the disciples to give to the people. They all ate as much as they wanted, and they picked up twelve baskets of leftovers!"
So this is a famous passage out of Luke 9 about the feeding of the 5000. Before this there is the story of the disciples going out and performing all sorts of miracles healing the sick and preaching to the villages in the surrounding area.
Have you noticed that before? They just got back from healing a bunch of sick people and performing miracles in the name of Jesus and yet this is "impossible"? The disciples didn't get it and missed out an an opportunity to be used in more miraculous ways. Jesus handled it and fed them all, but do you think it's any coincidence that there were 12 disciples and 12 baskets left over? Point made.
You realize don't you, that this is what Jesus is saying to us today: "You feed them." It's not metaphorical. It isn't flippant. It's expectant. "You feed them."
Don't miss out on being the conduit for the miraculous. Trust that even though the task is perhaps monumental, God is asking you to do something. If you don't, He'll likely get it done, but you'll miss out.
What is God asking you to do? If He's asking, you're equipped.