Friday, December 28, 2012

A Good Life...

A good life is when you assume nothing, 
do more, need less, smile often, dream big,
laugh a lot, and realize how blessed you are.

Sometimes, I get this urge to talk to you, 
and then I remember that you’re a different person now. 
It’s just sad because I miss you a lot.

The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, 
and not to twist them to fit our own image. 
Otherwise, we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them. 

She did not need much, and wanted very little. 
A kind word. Sincerity. Fresh air. Clean water. 
A garden. Kisses. Books to read. Sheltering arms. 
A cozy bed. And to love and be loved in return.

I hope that in this new year to come, 
you make mistakes. 
If you are making mistakes, 
then you are making new things, 
trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, 
changing yourself, changing your world. 
You’re doing things you've never done before, 
and more importantly, 
you’re doing something.
Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry 
that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, 
whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life. 
Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, DO IT. 
Make your mistakes, next year and forever.

I’m really happy I met you. 
I hope you know that.

Your journey has molded you for your greater good. 
And it was exactly what it needed to be. 
Don’t think that you've lost time. 
It took each and every situation you have encountered to bring you to the now. 
And now is right on time. 

Jealousy comes from counting others’ blessings 
instead of our own.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Bonaventure - "Silent Night"

Bonaventure is a music group that I became aware of thanks to Twitter. They were a random follower which I chose to check out and immediately followed back.They are a pop/rock band consisting of only two guys: Dan Smyers and Andy Albert. They are working hard to get their name and music out there for all to hear and it definitely appears that their hard work is paying off. 

In an interview done by Patricia Tanne, she asked both members what their dream in life is.
Andy's response was:
"Our dream is to touch people with our music.  Whether we are playing for an audience of 1, or 1 million, we want our music to hit home with people on a personal level."
Dan's response was:
 "We don’t measure success in money earned or records sold, but the extent to which people are moved by the music we create.  If we can inspire someone, or brighten their day with our songs, then we have succeeded."

I think both of their responses are true to heart and after following them for a few months on Twitter and Facebook, one can see that they truly care about music and using it to touch the lives of people.

Recently they recorded a version of Silent Night and they chose to use an extremely powerful commercial as the video for the song. The television commercial, “Silence of Love”, created for Thai Life Insurance, "tells the story of a young woman and her deaf mute father. The dramatic story reveals just how significant a father’s love is, despite feelings of inadequacy and frustration."

The song Silent Night is about the birth of Jesus. Jesus, the son of God, came to earth to give forgiveness and life to those who place their trust in Him. He came to take care of man’s debt of sin and He came to seek those who are lost. Many of us know about God and Jesus but still feel lost and unsure of the love of God. We focus on all the bad that is occurring and can't understand why a God would allow all this pain, hurt, and suffering. We simply sit back unwilling to understand a God that we can't actually hear or speak to. God's loves is like the love of the father in this film. Even though He knows what is best for us and wants the best for us, we have to open our eyes to His love. He is not going to make our lives perfect, we will have struggles, but He wants us to seek Him and trust in Him with all our heart. He may not be able to tell you He loves you in person but He works everyday to show His love. 

I encourage everyone to take one day to just look around; seek God and look for all the ways He tells you He loves you. Watch a sunrise, listen to the birds sing in the morning, eat fresh fruit, hug a friend who's always been there for you, look at yourself in the mirror and marvel at the work He has done in creating you. We may not hear God or understand why He does the things He does but one thing is for certain; He has a never-ending love for us and everyday He waits patiently for us to love Him in return. 

I hope everyone enjoys this holiday season. Please take a moment to watch this amazing video and listen to the amazing version of Silent Night by Bonaventure. The song is available to download on iTunes. The group has also promised to play a FREE ONLINE ACOUSTIC show if the song reaches #1 on any iTunes chart. Links to the iTunes song, YouTube video and where to find the group on Twitter and Facebook will be at the bottom of this post! Please share the song and video with everyone you know. Thanks! 

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YouTube video: click here
iTunes Link to download song for only $0.99: click here
Follow Bonaventure on Twitter: click here
Like Bonaventure on Facebook: click here
Bonaventure's YouTube page: click here