An Expedition: Out into the World of Stuff

view from the escalator at Neiman Marcus

Good Morning, God!

Yesterday I actually ventured out to Ala Moana with Suz. I was worried about finding a parking place — but as we came up the ramp toward the Pineapple Room — there were 3 open spots! We marveled! As I said, ONE is a miracle — what are THREE? What “3 were” was a massive power outage that turned Macy’s dark and Shirokiya dark and blacked out the makai portion of the main mall — extending several stores past the Apple Store.

We chatted with a chef outside of the Pineapple Room and he told us that on Sunday a transformer had “blown up” with lots of smoke. And, indeed, the power had only been on that morning for 90 minutes before it went off again — apparently just a few minutes before we arrived. People were leaving and the exits were jammed with cars. We stayed.

Ala Moana Apple Store -- with no power

I have to say, God, that an economy built on STUFF is a trifle worrisome. If it used to be “I think, therefore I am” it now seems to be “I BUY, therefore, I am.” I didn’t buy anything. I did peer into the dark Apple Store. Pondering for a brief moment our need for electricity.

And now, God, I am sitting and thinking about my need for YOU. My need to come apart and spend time / invest time / in Your Presence. Yes! You ARE ALWAYS PRESENT. But, I wander off. Disconnect. Go dark. Blow transformers.

I am thinking that the BEST GIFT is TIME TOGETHER. That is truly what I want from my family and my family of friends — time together.

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Posted in being together in a compassionate presence, friends, gifts and giftings, time
One comment on “An Expedition: Out into the World of Stuff
  1. David Johnson says:

    Time together with family and friends truly is a blessing.

    Mele Kalikimaka to you and Kit and all of your family.

    Love from Anne and David

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