Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Start Something That Matters...181

So I know I have taken some time off from my blog.  I understand this is a big no no if you are wanting to build a loyal following, but I felt stuck.  For several weeks I have been reading some very good books.  It started with Donald Miller's Blue Like Jazz.  Then I went to another Miller book, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years.  Both of those books moved me and I wouldn't say shook my faith but they had me questioning the way I was living out my faith.  Seemed to me like I was just paying lip service to a big part of Jesus' ministry.  Me and Jesus were fine but somehow I had forgotten the part about loving and serving others.

The next book I picked up was Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS shoes.  He tells an amazing story.  From such a tiny upstart company, with an unproven business model and concept, he began something remarkable.  The book would be worth it just to hear his story of TOMS, but the book also details so many good stories of entrepreneurs, starting companies, and giving back to society.  I think the book does a good job of achieving the author's goal of inspiring the reader to get involved and begin taking steps to create a better world.

I don't know where all this will lead me but I think my attitude toward certain social and environmental issues has changed.  My wife and I have begun volunteering at an outreach program that helps underprivileged kids with homework and reading.  This next weekend we will help our church pack meals for Feed My Starving Children.  Please believe me when I say that I am not trying to pat myself on the back and make myself look like a saint.  I just feel like it's time to begin taking my focus off of me and begin looking at a world that needs shoes, love, food, fathers, generosity, mothers and Christ.  I know this is pretty deep for a Disney World blog but it's my new voice.

At one point in Blake's book he asks the question, "If you didn't have to worry about money, what would you do with your time?  What kind of work would you do? What causes would you serve?"  So the first two were easy for me to answer...I would go to Walt Disney World and I would work for WDW.  The third one was more difficult.  So my new goal is to try to figure out how to combine my love of the World with my new found compassion for the world.  When I discover out!!

Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

On Main St...201

The Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop

This Week's Theme: On Main St.

Thanks for reading...looking.

Focused on the Magic

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Defending Disney...202

This past weekend I found myself surrounded by people who did not understand my love for Disney.  They took issue with my Cinderella Castle picture as my wallpaper for my iPhone.  They thought it odd that I went to sleep listening to Walt Disney World music on my iPod.  And basically, they questioned why a 37 year old man had such a Disney obsession.  Then I went all Evil Stepsister on 'em and put them back in their place.  Ok not really, but I wanted to.  Later, I had an internal argument with them where I laid out my case for why I love Disney and Walt Disney World.  Keep in mind that this was internal argument and they were not around to hear it.

Why I love Disney Reason # 1.  Raised on Disney Movies and Disney Channel.
When I was growing up we were not allowed to watch shows that had more than three curse words in it.  That meant we watched a lot of black and white shows and Disney programs.  I was raised on Disney movies.  I remember when we first got the Disney Channel.  It was not 24 hours and Hannah Montana was not even born yet.  Good days!  I remember watching Dtv which was like Mtv but with less popular songs and Disney cartoons.  

Why I Love Disney Reason # 2.  My First Trip to WDW in 1982.
I don't remember much about my first trip to the Magic Kingdom, but I remember loving it!  I was seven.  We went right before EPCOT was finished and we only went for two days.  But they were two great days.  I remember not being able to ride Space Mountain but my older brothers loved it and told me all about it.  I remember not liking Big Thunder Mountain because I felt like I was going to fall out of the train.  I remember loving the Main St. Electric Parade and my brother bought the album as his souvenir.  That family vacation will live in my memory forever as one of the greatest family moments ever.  I want to create those types of memories for my kids.

Me with Cinderella...I'm the short one.

Why I Love Disney Reason # 3.  It's Like Art.
I like to relate my fascination with Disney to art.  When I go to a museum and look at paintings or pictures, I can say that they look nice but I really don't get anything out of them.  The color, the shading, what the artist is trying to say.  I don't get it, but other people do and I need those people to tell me what I am looking at.  When I go to WDW, I get it.  I see not only the creative design,  I also see the deeper meaning.  I look for the story that the Imagineers were trying to tell.  I feel like I am a part of the story and want everyone to see it as I see it.  The great thing about WDW and all their parks is that it's like they took the pictures off the walls and movies off the screens and allow us to actually walk through them.  I also realize that just like me at a museum, not everyone is going to get WDW like I do and those people can suck it!

Backside of water

Why I Love Disney Reason # 4.  Family.
The first time my wife went to Walt Disney World was in 2006.  We took our four year old son and 1 and 1/2 year old daughter.  It was amazing watching the fireworks that first night.  My daughter's eyes were just so wide open and my wife teared up as she looked in her face.  Great moment!  I also think there is power in a place that can make you feel like a kid again.  The excitement I feel is the same excitement my kids feel.  The only other place that has that time travel ability is around the dinner table at Thanksgiving when I feel like I should be with my cousins at the kids table.

Enjoying their first fireworks.

Why I Love Disney Reason # 5.  Food.
Walt Disney World's AMAZING!!!!

The Kitchen Sink

Well, I feel better now that I got that off my chest.  I just wish I would have been able to articulate it to my friends this weekend.  Oh well, maybe I will send them to my Disney Blog to read this.  Thanks for reading.