64 Days of Love (Day Eighteen)

If you missed the earlier posts, see them here. In my role as a Technology Director (and more importantly as a father), I have come to realize that we have to engage the culture of the internet to turn it for good–64 Days of Love is my attempt to shine a bright light in what is an increasingly dark space.


Day 18 will warm your heart. I love my school district and how hard these students work to support each other.

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64 Days of Love (Day Seventeen)

If you missed the earlier posts, see them here. In my role as a Technology Director (and more importantly as a father), I have come to realize that we have to engage the culture of the internet to turn it for good–64 Days of Love is my attempt to shine a bright light in what is an increasingly dark space.


Sleep. Yes. Sleep. One of the things I love most is getting enough sleep.

Most nights I’m lucky to be in bed by 11pm and up again at 5am. That means weekends and sleeping until 7 or 8am are so glorious!

Lately I have been staying up to make these posts if I didn’t find time during the day. It’s hard. I would rather sleep most times when faced with the prospect of missing a post day, but I am committed to posting every day.

So tonight as I lay in bed writing this on my phone and lighting up the room, the thing I love and cherish most is sleep. Goodnight!

64 Days of Love (Day Sixteen)

If you missed the earlier posts, see them here. In my role as a Technology Director (and more importantly as a father), I have come to realize that we have to engage the culture of the internet to turn it for good–64 Days of Love is my attempt to shine a bright light in what is an increasingly dark space.


Day 16 of these 64 Days of Love is all about the work of Brené Brown, but this post is specific to her talk about empathy. Brené’s imagery of empathy, not sympathy, was more than instructional for me–it was eye opening. The idea of “feeling with people”–right beside them is so much deeper than I had considered.

The idea of feeling with people instead of trying to make them feel better has changed my natural male inclinations. Connection with someone is the core of empathy and it has certainly softened the way I parent and the way I interact with my wife. It has increased the love my family feels from me and bettered my whole family.

Watch this short RSA video of her talk on Empathy to get a better idea of what I mean:

Brené’s work is amazing, and it’s not the last time I will post about it in these 64 Days of Love.

Extra: Here’s is Brené’s now infamous TED Talk.

64 Days of Love (Day Fifteen)

If you missed the earlier posts, see them here. In my role as a Technology Director (and more importantly as a father), I have come to realize that we have to engage the culture of the internet to turn it for good–64 Days of Love is my attempt to shine a bright light in what is an increasingly dark space.


On Day 15 I wanted to share another inspirational group of musicians who have influenced my love to a great degree. Previously I have shared about Jars of Clay, the Black Eyed Peas, and Cowboy Mouth so it should come as no surprise when I declare that music has always been the key to open up my heart and soul.

The band I want to celebrate today though goes beyond music. They have actually entered the fight for Love through support for a plan to eradicate global poverty, see the ONE campaign. Their lyrics of tolerance and love were not the end of their efforts to see the world changed. They used their fame to spread peace, love, and harmony with a goal to actually end poverty.

Of course, I am referring to the one and only legendary U2.

Pride (In the Name of Love)

One Campaign

64 Days of Love (Days Thirteen and Fourteen)

If you missed the earlier posts, see them here. In my role as a Technology Director (and more importantly as a father), I have come to realize that we have to engage the culture of the internet to turn it for good–64 Days of Love is my attempt to shine a bright light in what is an increasingly dark space.


Apparently day 14 is going to be about grace again since I was wiped out by a band competition on Saturday. Between being super tired on 5 hours sleep after a football game Friday and the sun taking it’s toll on me…I simply just missed it. Grace. SO MUCH GRACE.

My real post for Day 14 is about a program we are doing in Alamo Heights that is called Dude. Be Nice. I had not heard of it before comign to AHISD and I can see the profound impact it is having on our culture district-wide. Just the t-shirt alone is a subtle reminder to love those around us.

Learn more about Dude. Be Nice on their website and through the video below that highlights the work of AHISD’s ambassador Andrew Walton:

64 Days of Love (Day Eleven and Twelve)

If you missed the earlier posts, see them here. In my role as a Technology Director (and more importantly as a father), I have come to realize that we have to engage the culture of the internet to turn it for good–64 Days of Love is my attempt to shine a bright light in what is an increasingly dark space.


Day 12 is all about grace. The thing about grace is that it is so easy to give to others (usually) and eleven-billionty times harder to give to ourselves. On this twelfth day I need grace, because I missed Day Eleven.

I told myself, “Self, There’s no excuse to miss a day of this blog. Success on this project is posting everyday with absolute perfection.” In that “self” talk, I set myself up for not having grace for myself. The same grace I can extend to others, I removed as an option for myself.

Forget the fact that last night I literally I drove two hours home from work and arrived at 6:30ish (after leaving the house at 5:15am), I cooked a real meal for my kids, had meaningful conversation with each one of them, laughed with them, did the dishes, cleaned the stove, and then hit a wall at 9:45. I fell asleep almost instantly and never posted.

This morning, the regret was quick and the failure thought was prominent in my head. I processed missing the day and wondered if I should just quit since I missed, but then I heard myself and realized that was crazy talk! Grace! Glorious grace! I can give some of that to myself too.

So today, today’s day of love is all about having the grace to forgive myself and keep going because, as Stuart Smalley once said “I’m good enough. I’m smart enough and doggone it, people like me!”

64 Days of Love (Day Ten)

If you missed the earlier posts, see them here. In my role as a Technology Director (and more importantly as a father), I have come to realize that we have to engage the culture of the internet to turn it for good–64 Days of Love is my attempt to shine a bright light in what is an increasingly dark space.


On Day Ten of these 64 Days of Love I have to brag about how much I LOVE how a project I was working on turned out.

I will spare all the details that led to the creation of this graphic below but suffice it to say it was a big undertaking to a major concept with district-wide implications and make it into a graphic. That said, here is the graphic.

Now, the LOVE part of this is that after designing that a few months back I decided that it would look pretty cool as a coin. BOY WAS I RIGHT!!! Check it out!

I love these so much and am excited to share the story of how Alamo Heights ISD Engaged Classrooms are changing the culture of teaching district-wide using this coin!

64 Days of Love (Day Nine)

If you missed the earlier posts, see them here. In my role as a Technology Director (and more importantly as a father), I have come to realize that we have to engage the culture of the internet to turn it for good–64 Days of Love is my attempt to shine a bright light in what is an increasingly dark space.


Today has been a hard day. A long day. One of those days when the coffee runs out right as you need it. One of those days when the alarm goes off right after you set it. One of those days where you just can not seem to get momentum.

Even in these kinds of days though (perhaps especially in these kinds of days) love can and will shine through. For Day Nine, here is a light-hearted look at politics in a day filled with ups for some and downs for others. Both sides can, and should, get along.

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Obama Bush

Laughing Presidents

 

64 Days of Love (Day Eight)

If you missed Day OneTwoThreeFour, FiveSix, or Seven of the 64 Days of Love posts from last week, please read those first. In my role as a Technology Director (and more importantly as a father), I have come to realize that we have to engage the culture of the internet to turn it for good–64 Days of Love is my attempt to shine a bright light in what is an increasingly dark space.


Day Eight is pretty straightforward. Cowboy Mouth. The pride of New Orleans Soul Rock. I have loved them since the first time I saw them in concert. They are fun. They are entertaining. They are definitely a band that plays with so much life and love.

With songs like “Kelly Rippa” which is an ode to their infatuation with the daytime talkshow host, or “Belly” about the unusual body part that he loves on his wife–it is hard not to laugh with Cowboy Mouth. And with songs like “The Avenue” which delights in the love for a hurricane torn New Orleans, and “I Believe” which is an inspirational nod to the power of love to heal this world–it is hard not to love the heart of Cowboy Mouth.

Check out some of these songs below and tell me you do not feel more alive and more in love.

Kelly Rippa

Belly

The Avenue

I Believe

64 Days of Love (Day Seven)

If you missed Day OneTwoThreeFour, Five, or Six of the 64 Days of Love posts from this week, please read those first. In my role as a Technology Director (and more importantly as a father), I have come to realize that we have to engage the culture of the internet to turn it for good–64 Days of Love is my attempt to shine a bright light in what is an increasingly dark space.


Seven years ago I happened into a book called Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World by Bob Goff. I am not sure who recommended it or how I even heard about it. All I know is I opened it and found myself lost in the world through the eyes is a guy who was absolutely crazy about living out love.

Love Does

I literally could not put the book down once I started it and finished it in one sitting. Bob’s description of how love is something you do everyday and not just a feeling was not a new concept to me. His stories of HOW he actually did this though was awe inspiring. I was challenged to do more in love and so we did.

In Love Does Bob described what he called “10 year old” adventures (or something like that) where he took his kids on a one on one trip to a place in the world of their choosing and created memories that were both planned and spontaneous. The idea was so crazy that I knew instantly that I wanted to do the same thing with my kids! Problem was our oldest was already 11.

Thus began our family tradition that we call “12 Year Old Adventures”. We challenged or kids to dream and challenged ourselves to make those dreams come true. This coming year will be the last of our five children’s adventures. We have been to Aruba twice, once by plane and once by ship. We have seen the wonders of Australia and the beauty of Hawaii. We have been blessed to make life-long memories with kids that were embarking on a hormonal journey that we were sure would build a temporary wall in our relationship.

It is hard to express the heartfelt love that has grown from these moments. Our children still talk fondly about their trips reminiscing about moments that we hope will inspire them all the way to their own parenting days. It is bittersweet to know that this coming summer our youngest will turn 12 and these memories will all be in our past, but we can guarantee that these adventures moved love into our lives.

Here are some pictures of our kids on their Adventures: