We are happier when we connect with kindred spirits. The excitement of sharing ideas with people whose interests or perspectives are similar to our own adds excitement and richness to our lives. You never know where or how you will meet a kindred spirit.
Once a month, Chuck sprays around our house and replaces the bait in boxes to keep rodents, spiders, and other pests from invading the premises. One day a few years ago, when he had finished his tasks and was putting his equipment away, he commented on my garden and added that he was a gardener, too. Well, that was all it took to start an animated conversation about what we plant and how much we love gardening.
A few days ago, I saw his company vehicle drive up and I called out to him, “Come see the garden!” I was transplanting tomato plants from the flats where I started them from seed to larger containers. Chuck said that when he sees my garden, he can’t wait to get home and plant. Last year, he encouraged me to try planting broccoli plants. I hadn’t ever grown them before, and now we enjoy fresh, tender broccoli every fall, thanks to Chuck’s advice. He is truly a kindred spirit.
I just finished reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a 2008 novel by Mary Ann Shaffer and her niece, Annie Barrows, after enjoying the movie on Netflix. Set in 1946, at the end of WWII, the story is about Juliet, an author, who discovers kindred spirits in a book club in the small island town of Guernsey off the French coast of Normandy. She had traveled to Guernsey to do research for a possible new book, and eventually decided to move from London to Guernsey to be closer to her new friends. Juliet’s reasoning was not just that she liked being around the eccentric group of book lovers, but that her writing career could flourish because of the relationships.
Keep your eyes and ears open because you never know when a kindred spirit might cross your path. I wonder who you will meet today.