We’ve been simplifying our lives in all ways (mentally, emotionally, physically) in order to be more spiritually focused, and these past few days have been a lot about selling furniture and other “stuff” via Craigslist and eBay. We’re doing it not just for the money but to lighten our load in all respects. And, in the process, we have met some wonderful people, in person and through email correspondence.
We’ve noticed it seems easier to start a conversation with a total stranger and before we know it, we’re talking about faith, God, and spirituality, despite religious beliefs. We land up wishing one another blessings, saying we’ll keep one another in our thoughts and prayers, and even sending referral business.
Also, in these crazy economic times, people seem more open to sharing about their challenges with housing and unemployment; years ago talk about such subjects, especially one’s financial situation, would have been taboo. We are realizing that we are not alone, and that we need not feel ashamed. And, we can help one another – what a great feeling.
I see people connecting as people, not automatons, trusting one another as they reveal their personal life to perfect strangers who no longer seem like such within five minutes. I suppose people are hungry for community, and for caring for one another. I know I am.
The world is changing – hallelujah! I feel God close by in these encounters. I am blessed and my heart is full.
You just never know who you’ll meet when you put your “stuff” up for sale. But I know that God will be in the middle of it all somewhere, somehow, some way. Yeah, God!