November 24

A Probate Artisan


Sunday after church service, my wife, Kathy, and I went to Jackalope – a local artisan fair in Pasadena that comes around twice a year.

Kathy and I walked through the aisles and in every direction I looked I was met with the most beautiful and unique works of art. From the glass-made wind chimes that sang and spun in the breeze to the ceramic tiles and bowls that glinted in the November sunlight.

As we admired the various crafts on display, I found myself inspired by not only the crafts themselves but also by the hands and minds that made them.

There were hundreds of booths stacked side by side, row after row. And in every single booth sat the artist. You could see the joy gleaming from their eyes and pride beaming from their chest. To them, it didn’t matter that there were hundreds of other artists, some selling pieces crafted in the same medium. They knew the hours of love and labor they poured into each item and were confident they had created a good piece. A piece worthy of buying.

Seeing these artists displaying, selling, and making a living off of their art reminded me of a quote by Saint Francis that I live by.

“He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.”

All of us should aspire to be an artist in whatever space we work in. Some of us are artists in a more traditional way. For example, my daughter, Vicky, is a real master at shaping the most beautiful ceramic finishes. And while I may not have the same skill Vicky has in ceramics, I still consider myself to be an artist, just with a different craft.

I consider myself to be an artist of my craft – having powerful conversations.

Through the development of powerful conversations, you are able to break through, discovering the biggest challenges that are holding back a probate estate from being untangled. And working through that mess and finishing up with a result that benefits your seller is a masterpiece.

I may not be able to draw or paint very well, but I can untangle the complicated probate for a family’s inherited estate. To me, that’s art. The fact that we get paid for that exchange of our creativity, passion, and art – it’s just the icing on the cake.

To your success,
Ernie “Master Of My Craft” Vargas | The Probate Fox


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