This week Awesome Stories brings you garbage, cleaning, and genuine voices.
Garbage to Garden Goodness
I love the story of how Garbage to Garden got started. Tyler Frank was in college and noticed how much of the trash was organic matter and wondered why you couldn’t put that at the curb like trash and recycling. He started talking to friends and neighbors and soon had enough interest to start the service. And I love their model of swapping clean buckets for people each week so the mess and smells don’t accumulate. Today, GTG is the most successful composting service in the Northeast serving 5000 homes in Portland ME. The food scraps are used to make organic compost and biofuels with local companies. I love this model of sustainability in turning waste into compost to literally feed the soil to grow new food.
Being a neat nut, this article is close to my heart. Somehow, I inherited neatness and organization from my mother. In fact, I was so good at organizing, that I ended up being the person who packed our car for family vacations. Like the author Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, I enjoy cleaning and find it a good way to ground myself and refresh my energy, space, and attitude. I feel good when my space is neat and clean. I’m inspired to make cleaning a spiritual practice like Llewellyn. She talks about Sufi’s being called “sweepers” for their work to clean the energetic debris of others. For her, the art of cleaning is part of holistic spiritual practice where we live mindfully of our impact on others and the planet. I agree with her perspective on simplicity where we have only what we need and can care for. May we live mindfully with simplicity and love.
The Genuine Voice
We want to feel thoroughly and completely understood so we can take the guard down and be completely vulnerable, exposed, and absolutely secure. ~ Howard Thurman
I wish I had heard this commencement speech by Howard Thurman when I was graduating from college! And I love the ending about when we find that quiet voice, and the other person does too, then we find the unity and compassion in each other. I’ve been looking for that quiet genuine inner voice for a long time. Only occasionally do I really hear it, and feel truly comfortable in my skin being naked and vulnerable. But I’m much closer now than ever, as I offer myself more compassion, listening, and acceptance regardless of my foibles and failures. Kudos Brad.
May we listen for the “sound of the genuine” finding the oneness in each other.