“You wanna go where people know, people are all the same. You wanna go where everybody knows your name.” – Cheers
The other day I was riding in a car with a friend. We were driving from the city we work in to a community close by to grab something to eat. Or a cup of coffee. I can’t remember which. Anyway, as we were rolling along, we passed a street that was called Humility Lane. True story. It’s off of Ashford-Dunwoody Road in north Atlanta, Georgia. When I saw it, I was intrigued. And, to be honest, my immediate thought was, “hmmmph, don’t know many people who live there!”
Which was a really prideful assumption to make.
Assuming that the majority of people are prideful is about as prideful as it gets. You know, like they say, those who bristle the most at people with big egos are other people with big egos. I’ll never be able to move into this neighborhood with that kind of judgmental attitude. Which would be a shame, because I bet some pretty cool and kind people live there. Let’s take a drive down the street…
- Old Man Integrity is over their cutting his front lawn. He and his wife have been married for more than sixty years and yet they hold hands like they just started dating.
- The Peacefuls are having a cookout on the deck. The kids are actually laughing and getting along, playing a game of Uno cards together.
- Ms. Grace is back by the huge swimming pool in her backyard. It’s big enough for the whole neighborhood. And she doesn’t care what your background is, or how long you’ve lived on her street. Anyone can come swimming anytime they want. The water is deep and so refreshing.
- The Understandings are out on the front porch swing at their house in the middle of the street. If you’ve got an issue that needs an extra set of eyes and ears, you’ll want to stop in on your way home. They’re always ready and willing to listen.
- The Compassions are cooking up a meal in their huge kitchen. Anyone who’s hungry can come on by any time and eat until their belly is full.
As you drive around, you can’t help but feeling like this is how community is supposed to be. And just imagine when the neighborhood hosts a block party and all of these families come together at one time. It’s really a beautiful thing.
It seems to me that more and more of us need to think about taking up residence in this cul-de-sac.
But what I’m talking about is moving into a different kind of neighborhood. A place where integrity, peace, grace, understanding, and compassion are always close by. And it’s not that hard to find, really. It’s just over yourself and through the woods.
Will you join me?
Let’s occupy Humility Lane.