4 weeks ago
I am seeing Kansas City through a new lens this time around.
When we lived here before, I had my routine of going to the same familiar places, connecting with the same people, and keeping my tunnel focus on where I was going & what needed to get done. I was living in the comfort zone. I didn't slow down enough to see others who might not be connected to community or have the luxury of comfort/routine/familiarity. I feel like God has given me new eyes to see things/people with a softer heart this time around.
While we have moved back to the same neighborhood, our new street has a lot more opportunities to run into new people and say hi. To start learning their stories. I have found that people will keep their heads down and stay in their own little space until someone puts themselves out there and extends an opportunity for connection. And I really believe all humans desire that at some level. Its how we are wired. Living in Iowa taught me how to be intentional with keeping my eyes and heart open to the people I crossed paths with each day. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
You can't wait for community to fall in your lap all the time. Most of the time you have to take the first step and put yourself out there. Even if it is awkward, you've just gotta embrace it! And I should know....I’m the QUEEN of awkward. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Prime example: We had trash pickup day the other day, and I couldn't tell if they'd come around to collect ours yet. Soooo, I walked over to my a neighbor's trash bin to lift up the lid to see if it had been emptied or not. Of course, right as I was peering into her trash can, she walked outside. Perfect time to wave and introduce myself right?! I was all, "Hi! I am your new neighbor....I promise I'm not dumpster diving in your trash!".
I've come to appreciate that people are people wherever you go, and they are all just longing for others to be real with them and in turn accept them for who they are. Even if it is while your looking in their trash bin. 💁🏻♀️