My Friend Joe (Welcome)
No matter how you say it, look at it, or remember it, some of my best days were spent hanging out on the UT campus at the Baptist Student Union. If you do not have a sense of humor, please skip to the next paragraph. For all that I was in the late 80’s and early 90’s, one thing for sure, I was a “card carrying” Southern Baptist. The only difference found between me and other students at the hang out, was that I carried that card into the Long Branch Saloon on Friday and Saturday nights. Now, after some years, I consider myself to be a recovering Southern Baptist (though I still have the card somewhere).
Just as there are good stories to be found in the church, there are good stories to be found in saloons. The temptations may appear to be different, but they are the same. The joys of knowing others might seem at odds in relation to either place, but they are, in truth, the same. Only one common theme ran through both places for me. Groups of people gathering to experience something other than the mundane life that existed during the week. If there was a second common theme for me, it was that I never felt totally comfortable in either place.
Fast forward thirty years, and I find myself in the same situation, though not having stepped foot in a church, or a bar, in a few years. In the words of Tom T Hall, “Me and Jesus got our own thing goin’. Me and Jesus got it all worked out. Me and Jesus got our own thing goin’. We don’t need anybody to tell us what it’s all about.”
I recommend the song to anyone who struggles with the conflicting words religious people use to make judgments and the words of love anyone is tempted to hear when spending time alone with the Creator of all that is, was, and will be. “Me and Jesus” sung by Tom T. Hall. Check it out.
What in the world does this have to do with Joe? Joe is a friend from the Baptist Student Union side of my college life. Over the past few years, Joe and I have bumped into each other from time to time. Joe still goes to church. Joe has kids. Joe has grown his hair out to donate for wigs. Joe has visited the place where I work. Joe and I have talked about many things. We finally decided to have lunch and as a part of our catching up, I spoke of Compassion Waves Card Company. Fast forward another month or so, and Joe stopped by to ask me, if I was asking for help with the project.
Knowing Joe to be one of the most honest people I know, knowing Joe to be one of the coolest people I know, and knowing that Joe speaks well of others and life in general, I asked him to look over the website and to talk about it later. Today, just a few moments ago, was the “later”. Joe and I will work together on the business. One of the best parts about the whole thing is that I will get to spend time with Joe. He brings a quiet confidence, but also an enthusiasm to what we are trying to do.
In an effort to be transparent, I have always said, as I said to Joe, we are trying to move money around in the world by offering a fairly priced quality services and products to those with extra money, in an effort to generate money for those in need. Yes, it is a business. We will make money. Joe did not shy away when I asked him to commit to donating twenty five percent of profits to a charity. He even offered some charities that might benefit from what we will do. He is a kind soul.
Is this article about Joe or about CompassionWaves.com? Yes. Do you have recommendations for charities we might help? Do you know people or groups of people that would benefit from a fundraising effort that is simple and easily managed? And since I am asking questions, have you seen that clown that hides from awesome people? The answer is no.
Chances are, if you are reading this blog, you know me. Chances are, if you are reading this blog, you know already that I think life is good. What you may not know is that I am trying to make it better. What you may not know, is that while I know, with everything that is in me, that God only wants good things, I struggle with receiving good things. I also struggle with asking others for help.
If you would like to help, leave a comment. Wish a good wish. Say a prayer. Send a good vibe. Whatever you choose to do, we will be grateful. No matter what happens after you read this blog, know that I am already grateful for you. And that is as close to the Divine that I will be today. The Divine is grateful for you also. You are made of wonder. Imagine the miracles of what we take for granted every day. Each breath is meant for you. Each day is offered, with all it’s possibility, for you. Do not take it from me. Listen to Tom T Hall.