If all you want is the creative idea promised here each day, then the next line is for you.
Hosting a party? Include name tags and do what employees at Sea World do. Have each person list a descriptive moniker below his name. My tag, for instance, might read, "Claudia, Starbucks Coffee Lover." This allows strangers to strike up conversations more easily than they might otherwise.
Want to be a part of a movement that matters? Than read on. Warning: This post is longer than those of recent past. You won't be disappointed.
Ray Wattson celebrates his birthday tomorrow, but to me it's so much more. The birth of Ray Wattson symbolizes the magic of people giving 100% of themselves - Raydiating, if you will.
Snarky Ray Wattson, our beloved light bulb, hit the scene because long-time reader, Peggy, had an idea. She didn't say, "It's not my job to come up with ideas for Highlowaha. That's Claudia's job." No. Instead, Peggy raydiated creativity and decided to share it with the rest of us. Then along comes another reader, raydiating artistic talent. She volunteered to draw Ray for us and, some 30-odd Ray's later, Cheryl has literally brought Ray Wattson to life. Are you catching my drift? We should follow the example of Peggy and Cheryl, jumping in with both feet and raydiating excellence.
If what you do is have an attitude, then heck... raydiate attitude! Such is the case with the person responsible for giving Ray voice (I could tell you who, but I'd have to kill you). Think he pussy foots around? Heck no. When Ray is in the house, we know it. The voice of Ray jumps in with two feet, raydiating attitude and making his presence known.
Yeah. To me, Ray, and the story behind Ray, symbolizes excellence... living life full throttle.
Then, in January, I met Jackie at a conference. Immediately upon meeting Ray, Jackie fell head over heals in love. He insisted that young people, college students, famous people, and old people alike would all universally fall in love with Ray if only given the chance to meet him.
Hmmm... you mean, let Ray raydiate the globe instead of casting a narrow beam of light over our small, but distinguished community?
It seems so fitting. Raydiate. Full throttle. No holds barred. My wheels were turning.
January, February, March, April, May, June... every day thinking, dreaming, talking, hashing, and rehashing ideas for how to help Ray get out his word.
What exactly is his word? What is the single word that best summarizes the message we want Ray to carry with him across the globe?
Raydiate? Those who don't yet know Ray might wonder why we spelled it wrong. Won't work.
Excellence? Right sentiment, but trite and overused.
Brighten? Too soft and flowery. Ray would never stand for it.
Someone suggested...." Whatever you are, be a beacon of it." Beacon = light = light bulb = Ray. Getting closer, but too long.
Why not ask Ray himself. You know what he said?
That's what he said, "Shine" and immediately I fell in love. Short, sweet, and to the point. Whatever you do, "Shine."
Hair dresser? Shine at it. Be the best hair dresser in your town, state, region, or country. Are you a farmer, teacher, lawyer, painter, chef, stay-at-home-mom, tour guide, salesman, student, coach, babysitter, or accountant? Whatever you are, whatever you do, whatever your contribution to this world we live in... Shine!
Ray's seen the light. He seen the work of Jake and Otis and the whole, "Life is Good" crew and he's willing to take them on. He's willing to go head to head with a new message - a bigger, bolder message. Sure, you could sit back relishing in the idea that life is good or you could join our Rayvolution to brighten the world and just SHINE!
So that's it people. You heard it here first. Ray is starting a Rayvolution. He's taking his message on the road. Sure, he'll remain our special Highlowaha friend, continuing to make his regular visits and with all his usual snarky comments. But, he's got another gig going now too.
1,000,000,000 shirts by 2013. Wanna see? Check back tomorrow to find out more.
Signing off until tomorrow...