1. I'm a person who loves to talk, and most days, one who loves to listen. There's something about a deep conversation with a person that you've never had the opportunity to know. The way that the human soul can open up and begin to communicate on a deeply trusting level with a seemingly perfect stranger has always astonished me. I'm always so thankful for these times.
2. I'm a deeply passionate person. This also means that I'm committed and fiercely loyal to those that I truly love. There are some downsides to my passionate personality, but if you give me the grace enough to see my heart you'll understand why it's a quality that I refuse to change. (Although I'm always looking for ways to communicate those passions in a more appropriate way).
This post is about something that i'm passionate about. It's not my deepest passion, nor is it even close, but this head holds many strong opinions. :)
(And this is the point where I let you down by not talking about spirituality, sorry).
I believe in community. I believe in locally made products which are made by skilled artisans who deliver immaculate pieces of art in everything that they do. I believe in locally grown. I love farmers markets and anything that will support this almost dead lifestyle. There's something so romantic about this larger than life community scope that I simply adore. I would rather own just a little less, but enjoy what I do, because I built relationships with the people that made it. (And even when I didn't, because the people that I try to buy from are always trying to contribute to the bigger picture and they go outside of themselves to do so). I love knowing where something started, where it ended up, and where it is going.
I still shop at Wal-mart for convenience, and that seems a little hypocritical, but hey Springfield yields a lot of small businesses and community opportunities, but during the winter I must buy fruit. That being said this post all leads up to a video about an Alabama clothing company, started by a woman with a vision, who supports the larger community and the smaller artisans that work for her.
Just watch and see if you don't feel a little bit more inspired to find what's around you.