“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” - Hebrews 13:2
I am a firm believer in the serendipitous. If my life can be viewed as an unspooling movie (for whose entertainment I have no idea) then there are no accidents in who I meet.
Everytime I enter a store, airport, bus depot, the cast of characters is there to develop the plot further. Granted, some might only be walk-on parts with no real impact on the protagonist (if this sounds too narcissistic, please note that I am assuming you are the star in your life’s movie).
Some of those people might only be background extras…but then again, how do I know for sure? So. Doesn’t it behoove me to treat everyone as kindly as possible?
I might believe that I’ve only met someone randomly, but they might show up in my life a day, a year or a decade later, and have a real impact on which way my life/story turns.
Which brings me to Jim Pickell at HomeExchange.com. On a Tuesday in March 2012 I received an email from a girlfriend who was living in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. She wrote that she’d met this guy from Baja.com who was looking for travel writers to write about the Baja area. By Wednesday I was talking to Jim Pickell’s assistant and by Saturday I was in Baja California Sur, Mexico, overlooking the Pacific Ocean in San Jose del Cabo.
I like someone who makes decisions, moves quickly and gets things done. And one of those people turned out to be Mr. Jim Pickell.
In addition to his Baja.com operations, he is now the Chief Operating Officer of HomeExchange.com. His get-’er-done attitude will be a huge addition to their team. Not to mention that I’ve always wanted to do a home exchange and now I know someone who’s got the inside scoop (which of course I’ll be passing along here as it develops).
Gotta love that.
Life appears rather random, but I’m not convinced it is at all how it appears. I love all these connections and the interesting unfolding of each encounter.
I’ll bet money that doing a home exchange is going to introduce some great new stars into my life.
Roll the credits!