“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.’” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Selfish myths about what makes us happy somehow manage to edge out the idea of craft, calling and most of all, simplicity.
Finding a craft, loving it, doing it well and bringing value to the customer or end user you are working with or for, trumps earnings and status. Every single time.
Imagine a Ballymena where more of us pushed hard into finding a craft.
Making coffee, teaching guitar, sweeping the street, selling insurance, flipping burgers, being a security guard, selling books… finding a craft in these places shouldn’t be mythical or complicated. Some people are amazing at some of the things you or I might find mundane. Think of the people who make our town live and breathe every single day. They are the heroes.
Finding a craft is easier than we have all told ourselves.