I have had the chance to get to know people that I never thought to be interested in and heard stories that I never thought I would hear firsthand (some of which I could've done without!). They share their gratefulness and we share our friendship and in the end, it really becomes this great big wisdom-exchanging-fest! I have learned more about simplicity and pure joy in the last couple months than I ever have before. I had a joke battle with an old man from AlabamER and greatly extended my library of football trivia with a die-hard Michigan fan (Go Wolverines). I learned about the point of view from an alcoholic father looking down to his daughters and I've learned that even women that are hungry and cold want to look and feel pretty. I've learned that pain is relative and loneliness is curable. I learned all this by trading notes with people I would have never thought to ask.
I am not always sure why I am placed in the situations and conversations that I am placed in, but I am SURE there is always a reason. I have had to learn a lot about forgetting myself in these situations and allowing God the room to work. Some of us get worried about what WE have to do and how WE can contribute to situations. We feel this obligation and almost pressure to minister and preach, when all God wants us to do is to love and be with each other. By being friends with my Monday people, I feel like I have been able to share me, they share them, and we all realize how much we belong together, how much we need each other.
There are beautiful people in the world that the world has called ugly. Introduce yourself.