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An Ambassador in Everday Life April 7, 2017

Posted by thehutch in ponderings, thoughts.
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Something that I wrote for the Ambassadors2020 website in March:

Almost a lifetime ago, Bob Hoskins’ BT adverts reminded us that ‘it’s good to talk’ and ever since we have seen the growth of the telecoms industry and an explosion in social media. Like others, my smartphone addiction needs careful monitoring, and so, I have chosen to say hello to the people that I pass when I walk down the street with the following caveat; to be willing to talk with folk that are up for conversation. It is so much more fun than the handheld screen.

A few weeks in and there have been remarkable results. I wait for eye contact and then nod, smile and say a casual greeting. Most people pass on, yet from this simple gesture, a number of conversations have been sparked. One guy shared the story of his life and the challenges he faces in retirement, and an elderly lady shared about her fears for her future as she is being relocated in a new development. Quite wonderful life stories that began with a simple smile and a ‘hello’.

 In both these cases, there was no need to share a full gospel sermon to go into great depths about Jesus love for them, but there was an opportunity to say that the local church is a safe place to talk of these concerns, to find friendship and to learn about faith in Jesus. Perhaps the greatest witness was the time that I gave and the willingness to listen and respond. Both these conversations ended with the individuals saying thank you for taking the time. It cost me nothing but left me with a sense that I had been a friend and that listening to them had been a support.

As an ambassador, I do not need all the answers, to solve all the world’s problems, or correct all the mistakes of others. But providing a little salt or a smidgen of light can make a big difference in the lives of those we meet. When we make ourselves available, in Jesus name, who knows what can be achieved?

As Ambassadors, it is ‘good to talk’, what conversations can you have today?

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: Flickr back in the photo sharing premier league December 12, 2012

Posted by thehutch in photographs.
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Flickr has consistently been a favourite of mine for sharing photographs, well that was until earlier this year. I have reduced my time there and my sharing has been more limited with Instagram taking up more time. This week, the instagram love was knocked as its features with twitter had a few changes in the ecosystem and questions arose regarding its long term viability.
Today something changed, Flickr demonstrated that it was once again getting serious – an iOS app that rocks the mobile world. It is fabulous – sharing, noting, groups, pretty much everything. The yahoo gods have chosen to wake up and invest in the best photo sharing site available (yesteryear) and we have hope that once again, photos sharing will be fun.
The only downside is that there is no android version (an issue for me) but there are promises that one will appear. Meanwhile, I am back to drooling over this new app and looking forward to sharing the Flickr love once more.