Tweets From The Pope

Social Media is great for staying in touch with family and friends.  It can also be used to educate and inspire.  Such is the case with Pope Francis and his Twitter account.

When it was first announced that the Pope would be tweeting it got plenty of media attention.  I’m not Catholic but I decided to start following His Holiness to see what all the buzz was about.  I’m glad I did.  He is very good at educating and inspiring in 140 characters or less.

Here are a few examples of some of my favorite recent tweets from Pope Francis:

“The challenge for Christian spouses: remaining together, knowing how to love one another always, and doing so in a way that their love grows.”

“In life we all make many mistakes. Let us learn to recognize our errors and ask forgiveness.”

“How to live a good marriage? United to the Lord, who always renews our love and strengthens it to overcome every difficulty.”

“Let us never lose hope! God loves us always, even with our mistakes and sins.”

“The world makes us look towards ourselves, our possessions, our desires.The Gospel invites us to be open to others, to share with the poor.”

“Sometimes we are saddened by the weight of our sins. May we not be discouraged. Christ has come to lift this burden and give us peace.”

It’s always nice to have something like those pop up in your Twitter feed to balance out some of the negativity.

One interesting note.  I also follow the Dalai Lama on Twitter and I think he and the Pope have the same tweeting schedule.  Their tweets are usually very close to each other in my Twitter feed.

Pope and Dalai Lama Tweets

Here are a few of the other people I follow on Twitter for a little education, inspiration, and even a few laughs: Jon Acuff, Andy Andrews, Adam Weber, Dan Miller, Dave Ramsey, Chris Hogan, Tom Corely, Joyce Meyer, Rick Warren, Joel Osteen, and Tony Dungy.

Who do you follow on social media that educates and inspires you? Let me know in the comments so I can start following them too!

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Streaming Success

Services like Netflix have made streaming video mainstream.  From two different instances in my own life recently I see that the possibilities for video streaming are endless.

The first came this past Saturday night.  Our Middle School was putting on a musical.  My daughter had lots of friends in it and really wanted to go.

Unfortunately we weren’t able to make it… but we were able to see it! Our school recently started streaming school events so all we had to do was go to the video stream on our home PC and then Chromecast the video to the TV in our family room.

In a matter of moments we were watching the performance.  BTW, everyone did a fantastic job.

Our second brush with streaming video came yesterday.  My daughters had a dance competition and one of their Grandmas couldn’t make it but thanks to streaming video technology she could watch on her laptop.

It was the first competition we’ve been to, that I know of, that streamed the performances.  I certainly hope more do in the future.

This weekend sure did open my eyes to just how mainstream video streaming has become.  I’m really excited about the possibility for family and friends to be able to virtually attend my daughters’ school events.

If you’re interest in getting your own Chromecast you can check it out here.

Do you have any video streaming success stories?  I’d love to hear them.

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Pride In Accomplishment

You see it all the time in little kids.  That pride in accomplishment when they conquer something new.  The look on their face when they realize that they did it all by themselves.

Learning to tie a shoe.  Writing their name for the first time.  Picking out their clothes and getting dressed all by themselves.  If you’ve been around kids at these times you’ve seen first hand the pride they can feel.

I had one of those pride in an accomplishment moments today. After doing research and following some guides on the internet I successfully set up Plex Media Server on our home PC.  It involved changing router settings and some settings in our computer.

It was a project I was unsure of at first but I got it working.  Now I can stream any movie stored on our PC to the TV’s in our house.  I can also access and watch any of our movies on my Android smartphone and my Android tablet.  Pretty cool.

It got me realizing that as an adult I’ve had fewer of those pride in accomplishment moments.  Most of them have come after home improvement projects.  The kind like painting a room where you work really hard and when you’re all done you just sit there in the middle of the room for awhile taking in the fruits of your labor.  Maybe you can relate.

I’m going to be actively looking for ways to challenge myself to learn something new.  To accomplish something that initially I thought might not seem possible.

When was the last time you felt pride in something you accomplished? What was it?

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