In a previous post, I wrote about how I am in the process of soliciting corporate sponsors to fund my PBS cooking show. With that post, I shared a little video about how that is going so far. If you missed it, here’s a quick summary: Basically, I left a lot of messages for some potentially helpful people (read: I have a long way to go). As you can probably imagine, making cold calls is not the most encouraging undertaking, so this week, I decided to add another “more indirect” approach.
Do you believe in karma? I guess that depends on how you define it. Right now, I’m talking about the basic idea that your actions generate a force, which—in some way, shape, or form—then affects what happens in your life. I do believe in that.
More specifically, I believe that in order to receive something you want in your life, you must first give it away. So say you want more love in your life … I believe that you must first be more loving to other people. Or say that you want to be more appreciated in your life … well, then you must first begin appreciating others.
As applied to what I’m working on right now: I want support for my cooking-show project. In order to receive that support, I must first support other people’s projects.
So that’s what I did yesterday, along with my son, Jack, and my brother, Chris. We decided to support Chef Lloyd, a very good man who cooks for the homeless and hungry at the University United Methodist Church. I’ve written about Chef Lloyd before. (If you missed that post, you might want to read it for a little more context.) Then, if you’d like to follow along (and I hope you will!), here is a short video of our adventure:
Oh, and here’s the really good news: Even if I’m wrong about the whole karma thing? No matter. Because even if nothing in particular is caused by our actions (which I find hard to believe), the simple act of giving more love, appreciation, and support to others still makes for a pretty darn good life.