My freshman year in college I excitedly volunteered to be a member of the Student Programming Board’s Concert Committee and was soon appointed the Hospitality Coordinator for all future concerts.
My first task: Days Away and The Starting Line. That was when I was first introduced to the musical talents of Keith Goodwin of then Days Away (RIP) and now the indie folk band, Good Old War. I loved Days Away immediately and consider “Mapping An Invisible World” one of the most influential albums I’ve ever heard. Since then, I’ve supported his current project, Good Old War, since the beginning of the band’s inception, and they are one of my top 3 favorite bands (all from Philly btw).
I took this clip at World Cafe Live in Philly earlier this year. Keith and Dan perform an emotional and raw rendition of their incredible song, “Not Quite Happiness” off Come Back As Rain.
“…It was not quite happiness / just love, just love…”
I think this has a lot to say about how we should be treating each other in our country’s state. Love each other, respect each other, care for each other. For we all have differences, but we are all more alike than we realize.
Why is it that I have the most motivation and drive at night… I’ve just come off an incredible, healthy, and heartwarming conversation with one of my closest and bestest friends. I thank You, Lord, every day that you brought her and I together. Our friendship means the world to me.
Another friend sent me a text today with a link to a beautiful write-up about getting back on track. My best friend is lending a hand for the next few weeks. I also spent some simple time with a fourth friend today; our time together wasn’t fancy, expensive, or lavish, but the simplicity of having a coffee together, conversing, and just having the ability to spend time with one of my closest friends, is a blessing.
My closest friends and family are aware of my current situation and state-of-mind. The little things mean so much… I have been through a shit load of crap in the last 11 years. I am now beginning to see the direction I need to travel; it is not entirely clear yet, but I know that with hope, faith, love, and kindness, the future is going to be beautiful. Thank you to my friends that touched my path today… I’m on the yellow brick road to creating a life that is overflowing with love, faith, and happiness.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Matthew 11:28 NIV
I’m honestly afraid for this country with the 2 candidates we have running for POTUS. The way the country + society is evolving with the hate, gun violence, racism, etc – this is not the country that I want to be a part of. Something has got to change, but how does one person actively change the nation, the world?
This is something that I’ve always been passionate about; making a difference, helping people, learning about + understanding others, being there for people when they need it, regardless of our relationship. So honestly, sitting here, wide awake at 4:30 am in the morning, how does one person effectively change the world?
In reference to my AWTR post, I do believe that people are initially good; however, our society + life interrupt that idea, + influence their behavior. People cheat, lie, steal, mislead, dishonest, murder, etc – humanity as a whole, I believe start off good, but then change over time into people that practice negative + bad behavior. Hence all of the issues surrounding the Presidential election + what’s currently going on in our nation.
So back to my original question… How do I, as one single person, change the world? Answer that.
I had a wonderful time this weekend spending time with the most amazing people in my life right now – Ashley, Cathy, Michael, Dan, Aaron, Evan, and Mike – we missed you Ashley and Alyssa! – but did not have sufficient quiet time to sit with my thoughts and think of where my life has been and where it is going in the future.
This is going to be a very, very long post, but extremely necessary, and if you have taken the time to read this far, please read the entire thing.
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