Help Sharing

Lessons from Chip & Joanna Gaines

I do love me a good home improvement show.  As an American expat living oversees for the past 12+ years, I have managed to get out of the TV watching habit for the most part (other than the occasional binge watching of Netflix shows, etc.), but I have to admit that when I head back to the States to visit the family, I can switch on HGTV and be lost to the real world for hours.  Even my 8 year old son enjoys binge watching HGTV.

So, I am familiar with Chip and Joanna Gaines and their show – although I guess I’m not positive it is on HGTV.  However, I am not familiar with the “controversy” surrounding them, so I’m not sure what caused me to click on the headline “Chip Gaines finally responds to controversial criticism” this morning while scrolling down my Facebook feed (I usually try to avoid the mock news articles on Facebook and focus on pictures of my friends’ children).  Anyway, I did click on it – and reading through Chip Gaines response to the criticism really resonated with me and my long-term plan for Helpgoat.

You can read the full article on Houston Chronicle online here.  Again, I don’t really know the details of the controversy, but seems it has something to do with the fact that the Gaines belong to a church that may have some controversial opinions.  I by no means am condoning any of these opinions (I have no idea what these opinions even are!)   However, I do like how Chip maintains such positivity throughout his response and refuses to be drawn into an attack/defense stance.  What most resonated with me was the following:

“We propose operating with a love so real and true that you are willing to roll up your sleeves and work alongside  the very people that are most unlike you.  Fear dissolves in close proximity.  Our stereotypes and vain imaginations fall away when we labor side by side.  This is how a house gets unified.”

One of the ideas Helpgoat wants to promote is meaningful social interaction.  It is our belief that people are longing for this.  These days, for a lot of people, social interaction consists of frivolous activities – eating at restaurants, going to bars, dinner parties, meeting for coffee, etc.  We want to promote helping one another as a form of social interaction – whether this is working side by side with a friend to help re-paint a house, cook a meal, clean out a garage, or teach a child to build a model rocket.  Help can be among friends or we can venture outside our existing social circle to offer help and receive help as a way of bridging gaps between communities.

So, thanks to Chip Gaines for inspiring me to hastily write out a blog article (apologies for the lack of finesse in my writing style – I guess I do need to work on this.)  As I mentioned in previous blog posts, I am using this blog as a way to hash out my ideas for Helpgoat and look for like-minded thinking in the world in order to determine if my long term vision for Helpgoat is viable.

Please follow this blog or follow Helpgoat on Facebook to show your support if you believe that through meaningful shared experiences we can help each other, help the world!

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