Do you share? Do you give? Is your life about giving even when it seems stupid? Or only when it’s convenient. Are photos snapped for likes or because you want to share what the world has to offer and to inspire? Do you have what it takes to be an Ambassador?
Answer me this: Who doesn’t want to travel? You can substitute that for any word you wish. The point still stands. Everyone wants to experience travel. But that’s just it, it’s a want. A want is a baby yet to be born. Some more questions: Why do you travel?
Here’s a new twist on travel: Traveling isn’t just about fun and games. It’s actually more stressful than that. But above all, you are an Ambassador. With a capital A.
You are a representative of your people group, your country, and least of all yourself. Sit on that and reflect a bit.
What is Ambassador Living?
Back in May, I had a revelation, and posted the following on Facebook:
May 02, 2016 4:14pm (Edited, heavily.)
“Here’s a new twist on the world, and on traveling. The more places I’ve been and things I’ve done, even though I’m not apt to take photos of everything, I’m beginning to realize that it’s NOT about me. Each time I take a photo, each meal I eat, every moment I spend with friends, what I’m doing is gathering a repertoire of stories. For who?
For the random people I meet on the street. For current and future friends down the road. For my future children and grandchildren. You may say, DANG… You’ve never even had a girlfriend yet, you think TOO far!! Facts. But I remember as a kid always ready to hear another story from my dad and many others about things they’ve done and faraway places. They enchanted me and helped me to dream big. There was one problem… The stories would easily run out, and would only come up when relating to a current situation. After having lived a long life, one cannot simply bring out something from out of the blue. The more stories one has, the harder it gets.
This is why we must take advantage of the present. With a cellphone we can take photos at will. I call it “moment locking” because we seal a memory forever and can retrieve it when so desired.
A picture is worth a thousand words. Images facilitate storytelling. We can use these photos of great times and great meals, and always have a story ready for our children when we need them, our nephews and nieces, or for our grandchildren.
We often ask, how will we let our legacy live on? These images will let people remember our quirky personalities, horrible haircuts, weird friends, awful fashion sense, but also give us stories to tell and lessons to teach that will shape them as much as the stories we’ve heard have shaped us. It’s not about us. It’s about changing the world.”
Let’s take it further.
I’m not a photographer, but as I said, I take photos to “moment lock” whatever happens throughout the day. These images serve as reminders and can suddenly bring back all the memory juices to your head, bright as day! This is how memory world champions memorize. They don’t just simply have numbers in their head, they have images that mean special things to them. Anyways, there’s no possible to store ALL your photos on any one portable device. So instead I’ve created a folder called “My Favorite Photos*” where only the best of the best of my memories, meals, funny moments make it. Whenever I need something to cheer me up, on goes the phone and I can sit in nostalgia on demand.
*The funny thing is, I typed this before I downloaded iOS 10 and little did I know this would be one of their newest features. Oh well too late. Not a big fan of iPhoto, but heck, it makes it easier for you get started instead of sorting through all your life photos!
As I’m writing this, a new thought popped up in my head. Not only are you an ambassador for where you come from, but you are an ambassador to someone. If you’re having an Uncle-Niece date, you have the opportunity to show her all the photos and videos of the cool things you’ve done in your life while you baby sit. You are an Ambassador to her life and pouring into her life narrative. Everyone knows that kids love a good story, and they especially love it when you tell it twice over.
Here’s an easy way to win points with kids whether relatives or one’s you’ve known since they were born: Let’s say you went somewhere with them, chances are they don’t remember a thing but if they do it might be an inside joke or a really funny situation. That gives you something to talk about or relate to instead of “how’s school.” That’s completely ignoring the fact that kids LOVE photos. Despite not knowing who’s who, they ask questions as if they’ll remember and it’s just a way to be an Ambassador of sorts. End result is that you’re the cool Aunt, cousin, friend or whatever that they can’t wait to visit again!
Trust me when I say, I’m the first to say I love the social media attention. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t check what’s changed in the last five minutes. I’m tempted to even do that as I write. The difference comes in what you do with that experience. If it’s about showing off, that’s but child’s play. But when it becomes about the gathering and impartation of knowledge and life, now that’s worth living for.
Is there anything you’ve done in your life to have a legacy?