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JULY 2021

Greetings from all of us here at Serenity Now.

The other day I (Brooke) was guided to a Ted Talk. It was titled: “What if you could trade a paperclip for a house?”, and dated Nov 20, 2015. I felt curious enough to click on it even though I felt some disbelief. The young man giving the talk said that he was sitting at his desk one day and wondered, what if he could play a game and trade an ordinary paper clip for something bigger and better.

He followed through on the thought and actually put an ad on Craigslist. He asked if anyone would like to trade something for his paperclip. Someone had a fish pen (you have to see it to believe it). The trade was made with all parties smiling. Then he asked if anyone was interested in trading something for his newly acquired pen? Yes! Someone had a funny looking door knob and the trade was made.

At this point I don’t remember the exact sequence of items but I do recall a snow globe, a recording contract, an afternoon with Alice Cooper, a speaking part in a major Hollywood movie, and finally a house. Yep, he traded a paperclip for a house and along the way met some people that really touched his life.

I think the thing this video helped me to remember is a definition of faith that I heard by the minister Bobby Schuller, the son of Robert Schuller. He said “faith is remembering that our life is not limited to our present circumstances because we are loved by a God who does miracles”.

This young man put his faith in a Universe that would support his belief that he could have a bigger and better life, and at every turn the Universe supported him. He obviously started with a benign item, “a paper clip”, but I think the rule applies even if we are facing circumstances that are scary. We can dare to experience our joy.

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