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Standing on Others’ Shoulders

Reading Chuck Wendig’s last post, On Cultivating Instinct as an Inkslinging, Storyspinning, Penmonkey Type, I found myself shouting (at least in my head, because while I am weird, I haven’t quite reached the shouting at myself in an empty house phase–most of the time), “Yes!  That!  Exactly!”

And while I would love to copy and paste his post here in its entirety, that would be very non-Internet cool of me, so I’m going to instead insist that you visit his blog.  Warning:  Chuck is not for those with delicate sensibilities.  If you are an active member of an anti-profanity organization, you might want to take a pass (although this is actually one of his least profane missives ever).

In the meantime, I also want you to have a look at this video:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYlCVwxoL_g]

That, in case you are unfamiliar, is zefrank.  He’s an online performance artist and one of the original vloggers worth watching.  After a break from his one-year cult hit show, The Show (I know, right?  Who saw that coming?), he’s back with a new show, which is pretty freaking awesome.  This was the first video for the new thing, and if it doesn’t make you want to stand up on a chair and cry out, “O Captain, my Captain!” then A: you probably haven’t seen Dead Poets Society and that’s a situation you need to rectify as quickly as possible, and B: you probably need to watch it again.

So there you have it, me standing on the shoulders of wise men to send you some inspiration for the day.

Let’s do this thing–whatever this thing might be.

– Liz

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The Triumph of Good Over Evil

Today is 9/11.  Despite not being personally affected by the day, I can still barely bring myself to look at photographs or read other people’s stories of where they were, and how it was.  When I see the television specials appear on my TV menu every September, I skip past so quickly, I practically leave skid marks.

I don’t know why it bothers me so much, or why it still has the power to make my soul ache 11 years later, but it does, and I can’t deny.

This year, for the first time, I decided to combat these awful feelings by restoring my faith in the general goodness of the world.  Because I do believe in that.  I believe that we have been slowly acclimated into thinking that people are evil and the world is going to hell by the news.  And it’s not that I’m foolish, or a conspiracy theorist–I know people do bad things.  People are capable of the most tremendous evil.  But in general, I earnestly believe that the world is good.  That people are kind, and want to care for each other.  Even those they disagree with.

And as good, kind, caring people, we are capable of acts of the most sublime beauty, and generosity, and joy, and kindness.  We don’t get to hear enough about it.  There is not enough wonderment brought to our eyes and ears every day.

While my ultimate goal would be a 24 hour news channel called the Wonderment Network that would report on nothing but the sublime, the beautiful, and the uplifting all day and night, that is a bit lofty for a single day’s work.

Instead, today, I am asking people to share their own stories of kindness.  Whether it’s a random act of kindness you performed (and yes, it’s okay to toot your own horn in this case) or if you were the recipient, please share it in the comments.

Let’s uplift the world a bit on this tragic day.  

With hope,

Liz

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