I’m Not That Nice.

Today I am truly honored and humbled that Phil Cooke wrote a post about me. Please know if you read the comments I’m not a hero. Far from it! I’m really not that nice! Michael Buckingham said it perfectly, “I truly don’t think he can help it” – I can’t!

I am not this nice guy that wakes up in the morning motivated to help people. I just don’t see any other option but to help people.

Today the world is a mess. If I look at what’s going on I freak so I just focus on helping the hurting people directly in front of me. I cannot help people in New York or Chicago, but I can help the homeless I see here in Los Angeles. The interesting part is I feel they are helping me more than I’m helping them. After these last few months I will never be the same. My life is in a crazy perpetual crisis and if I didn’t start helping people I think I would have lost touch of reality.

I want to stop doing this. I want an easier and softer life. I quit all the time yet when I get close to really meaning it I hear this voice inside of me ask, “if not you, who?” It’s not that I am better than anyone, I simply take action. That’s it. No miracle, and most certainly I’m not a hero. I am just a hardly normal guy trying to navigate through an abnormal world by helping others.

Thanks you Phil for writing such a great post. Ya even connected it to Seth Godin’s, “Tribes”.

For all of you that left comments I am humbled and grateful, but stop smoking crack – I’m not that nice 🙂

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  • Shan

    I know what you mean sort of–
    When I first came to the Dream Center I had an encounter with God and started developing a passion for orphans. There are 143 MILLION orphans in the world–and I told god, “There are 143 million orphans in this world..” and he said “They are all my children…” And I was like “Well what am I suppose to do about it?” and he said “You didnt have a dad growing up but you know I am your father. These people dont know that…if you dont tell them, who will?”
    I lost it. I mean..WEEPING and SHAKING in the balcony of the church. Didn’t take long to realize the orphans are not just in diff countries, they are in tjhe projects-down the road..all those people who dont God is their daddy…anyways–I understand the.. “if not you, who?” feeling.
    Crazy when you feel God calls you. He is pretty cool. : )

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  • nice post