He was surprisingly thoughtful and eloquent, and this snippet really struck a cord with me:
“When I was about 28, after a decade as a professional comedian, I realized one night in LA that the purpose of my life had always been to free people from concern…… When I realized this, I dubbed my new devotion, “The Church of Freedom From Concern” — “The Church of FFC”— and I dedicated myself to that ministry.
What’s yours? How will you serve the world? What do they need that your talent can provide? That’s all you have to figure out. As someone who has done what you are about to go do, I can tell you from experience, the effect you have on others is the most valuable currency there is.”
Sometimes I struggle with what I write about on this blog when we live in a world where there are blood clots and cancer, domestic violence, job loss, mental illness and addiction. Reports of children being beheaded and people buried alive and genocide. Real issues and heartache abound all around me, and I write about how to fix a leaky hose or paint furniture?
There are so many big things happening in the world. Who am I to spend my time and energy thinking, photographing and writing about things that are ultimately insignificant?
And yet we all need a break from the hardships of life. That’s what I like about reading home blogs, and writing one – it’s a small respite from the real responsibilities of life. I’m not going to claim that this blog is my life’s purpose, but….
What if a small little insignificant idea I post about here inspires someone to do something around their own home that makes their life easier, or teaches them a new skill?
What if someone comes here, and they laugh, or they watch a video that makes them smile, or they just take a mindless break from whatever they were doing? What if this little blog can lighten someone else’s burden in some small way?
I mean seriously, it would be a crime to keep things like how to get the wrinkles out of slipcovers or how to make your chalkboard lettering look really good or how to make homemade bed risers or how to cut a chair rail return to myself.
Plus I like to hear myself talk, so there’s that.
So how about you my friend?
How will you serve the world? What do they need that your talent can provide?
I can’t wait to see.