Tuesday, October 03, 2006

10/3 More on Storms...

One of my (much) younger brothers posted a comment on yesterday's blog entry. He used it as a metaphor of course, but he basically said we go through storms all the time. How we handle them is what's important. He also said that he didn't know if what I was doing was right, but he and my sister-in-law have decided to support me. Other sibs have said basically the same thing.

Normally I love thunderstorms, what bugged me the other night was that they were so loud I couldn't sleep. But storms themselves hold no fear. I'm fascinated by the power and majesty that nature (God) exhibits for us.

Yet, I respect storms. I won't be outside holding a golf club daring God to hit me. I will go on the porch however, to get a bit closer to the excitement.

The storm I'm going through right now is one of my own making, and although I'm a bit scared about all the work I have to do to make this happen, I'm not fearful of my choice. This is the right thing to do. Our country is selfish as a whole. And I certainly am. As an actor and/or comedian, I'm also self-aware enough to know how narcissistic I am.

I want, I need to think about the well-being of others instead of just myself. Sure, I can do that within the confines of my "normal" life, but for me it's not enough. At my job today I'm dealing with all the news reports of school shootings dating back to 1997. Now I just received a news alert that a commercial airliner has been hijacked in Greek airspace. And of course we could list tons of other examples of how some humans behave.

How can we influence that? Prayer, certainly. Action, too. Sitting alone in my little condo, I know that I can do my small part to make the world better. To some, it may seem dramatic. But I'm alone. My children are established and happy and need nothing from me, except my love and support. (And even though they may not totally understand why I'm doing what I'm doing, they are so WONDERFUL!) I have no fear about my choice.

I thank those who love me who are worried about me. Please do your best not to worry. I've been divorced since 1983 and I've made plenty of stupid and dangerous choices in my life. This is not one of them.

I love you all!

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Jesus said "Give to Ceasar's what is Ceasar's, and give to God what is God's." That means you have to live on this earth, pay what you need to pay for and exist as man says you need to. You can do this while honoring God and helping people His way. We are worried that while helping people, which is admirable, that your losing sight that you still have to live on this earth. You have admitted that you have made many stupid and dangerous choices in the past, as we all have. The secret is to stop making them. We do love you and we are proud of you in whatever you do. The whole family just worries about you, because we love.

Jeff

Jer said...

I think everyone's worried that they'll have to support me. :) No worries on that end.

As I said, I have no fear about this job choice. And as I also said, this isn't a stupid choice. Those of you with families to support--well, if you did this it would be irresponsible perhaps. As for me, it's not.

Thanks for loving me but for heaven's sake quit worrying. You'll start looking as old as I do.

Jill & Todd Potrykus said...

I love you... did I tell you that today? If not... I did now :-). Chat again soon.

Jer said...

Yes, my sweet daughter, you did tell me that today. But you can always say it again.

Beata told me too. Rob's out in the field for a month, so I'll excuse him.

Love you, and hope Hunter is feeling better.

Beata said...

Mom, as long as I am alive, you are welcome to do whatever you want with your life! Even if you get a job as a striper, I support you! You know that one day (I) we will be rich and totally take care of you! ... you know that I am working on that, right? :-) Love you!

Jer said...

Hurry up and get rich, will you? :) Love you too, honey.