Sunday 9-4-2016 was a day to bleed ourselves in the community, this village of interesting folks. Allow me to enumerate just a few of the beautiful people we had the pleasure of meeting
-A soon to be mother in her work uniform smiling because she already had a baby name picked out
-A Walmart employee looking for his share of good fortune
-A young man who listened to heavy metal with plans to start a band and "play in the dirt" to grow his own
-A woman who couldn't remember where she parked her car (we had to be related)
-A woman who favored my fingernails
-A young lady who knows soil and ventured out on her own but focused her attention on encouraging us; prayed with and for us : )
-A young woman whom I will dub (killa B) and her son who have supported us on all fronts since inception...she is definitely an asset and valued member of the life society in my eyes.
-Vic aka victorious, a member of the life society as well with whom I've shared a legit brotherhood with for some years now. He showed up late to our humbled soiree but still a good egg. He made sure to bring his camera and his beard that seems to have the amazing ability to literally speak for itself.
There were some folks who seemed jaded with the abuse of their kindness over time and I get that ...I'm one of those people. Now we are tasked with securing funds to further our mission, do we stick to the script drafted by everyone and their momma? Hail no . . . suggested game plan, pick at everyone that's like us and not like us...talk to folks how I want to be talked to. Address them as if y'all are best friends and they owe you $20 and you are truly trying to get that back from them because you need toiletries. We immediately noticed how people were completely done with the idea of putting their hard earned money inside empty mason jars as their eyes seem to bullet point all the reasons they refused what may have at one time glazed over them naturally. They needed a break from that regimen, we used The Life Society approach; our reward for doing so? A prodigious amount of good energy and a modest comfort knowing most of us are more alike than we are different. We all aspire for more, we want to be loved, respected, appreciated, we want to laugh and not be laughed at, we don't want to be taken advantage of, we have feelings stuffed inside of faces that try to call your bluff, etc... On this day we have seen a glimpse of GOD and he has stretched his grace over us, and who are we but babies in his sight who fall short with frustrating continuity.