Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Bud Hassard

There is someone on facebook who is my inspiration to write this blog today. His name is Bud Hazzard-Hassard. I don't know much about him except from what I have read on his writings and his facebook posts. He wrote a post today that really got me to thinking. He is a minister so yes he is good at what he does. He gets you to thinking.
Bud has lived a life most of us could never dream of. He has served in the armed forces been over seas and been a leader of men. He is married and now with him being a minister he is still a leader. He tends to his flock and now his flock is growing on facebook too. Does he preach at us? no. He talks to us and connects with us. today he mentioned about feelings and how we as artists can't possibly share an emotion we haven't ourselves felt. here is his post.

 "Authors can only emote love when they are filled with love. They can only emote fear when they themselves feel the fear. They can only emote the pain, when they again, feel the pain. Poets or Story Tellers can never touch the emotions, the hearts, of their readers if they themselves are not touched." ~AWH

All artists withdraw from their emotional bank those feelings once experienced in times of joy, pain, fear or love. No more than the theater, that is in acting, is that true; but this truth is not confined to theater. The painter who puts brush to canvas, the singer who belts out a song, a violinist who pours out his/her soul in performance and yes, the writer who reaches into the myriad of former experiences to pour out their hearts via pen and paper. We can not be bankrupt of feelings and expect to emote to others in our writing.

A great writer must be moved by the experiences of others as well. Empathy is the highway of a writer to allow their emotions to be stirred. If a writer is feeling "flat" or "not inspired" then get involved in the lives of others via their stories or their current circumstances. Research for a novelist is not just about facts. It is much more than that. It is about humanity. I've read that a good author is a good people watcher. I purport that a great author is a people empathizer. They not only watch the people and how they behave when emotionally stirred, but they also feel that emotion with the people. Empathy can not be taught, it is something within sensing something felt by others. Only when an artist can be in touch with the emotions of others, can they effectively emote to others.
and he wrote here as well on
Bud Hazzard-Hassard As a minister, I would ask someone who was down in the dumps to assist me in helping others. In the process of refocusing their attention to helping others they find themselves rising above their doldrums. I'm not talking about clinical depression; but rather those times when the weight of our challenges overwhelm us. I would suggest that for the day, they should leave those burdens at the cross of Christ and help me help someone else.

Their problems were still there at the cross when they came back, but somehow, they seemed lighter to carry. is a great place to help others and in doing so, find our load a little lighter to carry.

There is a reason Kim requires that we help others BEFORE we try to promote ourselves.

Luke 6:38 "Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again."
Write ON!! Kodas
His words are there to read and to feel. They get me to thinking. I have empathy for all man kind. Sometimes I get tired though. I have given and given without ever thinking of getting anything back until I myself felt I had nothing left to give.
I pray constantly and daily. Do I get down in the dumps? yes, I fight depression daily. I show a cheerful person and do my best to help make others happy. Bud's words touched me in the same way as a friend's once did. She told me I have two choices in this old life. I can let my past make me bitter or I can put a smile on my face and help make others happy.
I chose to help make others happy. Even though I could be filled with doubts and pain. I give of my time from my heart. Do I always succeed in showing the happy face? No. but I keep trying and pick myself up and go again. There is a bible saying, Give and yea shall receive. I don't know that I believe it for myself. The receiving part. But I have given.
I have seen it happen where someone gives and receives 10 fold. I believe it happens for others and I have seen it happen for others. I look forward to reading Bud's writings because he touches my soul and gets me to thinking. Thank you Bud for your wisdom and your prayers. God certainly knew what he was doing when he touched you to spread his word.
So if you get a chance to meet Mr. Bud Hassard say hi to him and talk to him. He isn't your typical minister. He is a real down to earth person who has lived life. Maybe you do believe in God, maybe not. He will talk to you no matter your faith or religion.
As writers we are often filled with doubts and fears. We wonder if we are good enough if we have what it takes. Are we just wasting our time, money and resources on something that will never happen? I don't know the answer but I do know we are a better person because we do go after our dreams. Just as its better to have loved and lost then never to have loved at all. The same can be said of dreams. It is better to have taken a chance on a dream then never to have tried at all. At the very least we can at least say we tried.

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