Faith in total strangers
You might think in today’s world good people are hard to find. But not true!
Dan and I have committed to pet sitting around the world. We set on this course because we want to experience the world full out. We are pet-lovers who enjoy people and exploring neighborhoods where we momentarily live. To that end we set out to gain formal experience, to get good reviews and to find out if we really enjoy it.
We had pets for our entire lives but of course, never had formal reviews. We are on our fourth pet-sitting experience around our local region of Seattle, Washington. Happy to receive 5 star reviews every time.
Cheetah enjoyed us:
- Lounging on my lap as I read a book
- Walking several times each day, he’s ever ready and never tired
- Playing ball, not wanting to drop it so we can toss it again
- Snuggling up when I was taking a power nap on the couch
- Barking at the neighbor when they drive home, and the postman, and the dogs walking across the street, and the motorcycles but quickly quiet when I tell him “Thank you”
- He showed manners: sitting down, when we tell him, for leash on and leash off, waiting for ‘people first’ down the front steps so he does not pull us over, asking for food or ringing the bell at the back door to go out into the garden
I thought about how much faith the owners had in us when they took off for their vacation before we arrived. We’d made arrangements for keys and had met the dog a couple of weeks ago. But what if we had not kept our commitment?
Can you imagine the craziness? Stress of changed vacation plans. Extra unanticipated flights. Cancelled hotels or cruises. A lonely dog, maybe hungry or thirsty. Anger at the person who did not keep their word.
Most such arrangements rely on trusting that people will be honorable. The world as we know it has exploded with contracts built on words of honor. Along with pet sitting, there are home exchanges, private B&Bs, couch surfing in a stranger’s home, free overnight hosting for travelers of certain sites, rental of your personal car when you are on vacation. It’s named ‘the sharing economy” for good reason.
Remember the song “we are the world?” It originally was recorded in 1985 and has be re-done many times. Do you think it’s caught on?
In the last eight days we’ve enjoyed walking ‘our’ dog, Cheetah, through a part of Seattle that we had not explored in depth. A cool farmers market, a fun, healthy grocery store, bbq dinner on the deck of ‘our’ house, found a cool coffee shop. When you walk miles around a neighborhood in every direction, you see how the frequent rain brings a lush greenness and brilliant flowers. I can’t stop taking pictures! Today I saw a house painted the bright green of the flowers in front, a type of Euphorbia. I couldn’t resist a picture.
In our chaotic lives, one state of being we value and earnestly seek is peace of mind.
I wonder if faith in us as total strangers, sets the stage for our own peace of mind.
Can you imagine if everyone in the world showed up with the attitude of faith in the goodness of others? And strangers were always honest and kind?