Introducing HIVE678 – Hive 678

Introducing HIVE678

This is a re-blog from the now decommissioned standginground.ca

It’s my birthday today, and I’m feeling very grateful for the wonderful people in my life, and inspired to share some reasons why I feel so blessed. Although this blog has mostly been DIYs so far, the theme is “living your values” so this seems like the perfect time for me to dive into that, since many of the things I value feel so close to me today.

One of my favourite quotes for many years has been this one from The Alchemist:

“When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

What we want may come in different shapes and sizes, and at different times than we expect, but looking at my life today, I see that the universe has given me exactly what I needed. 

The most prominent example is the distinctive house in which I now reside. I always wanted a “small house on a big lot” but still loved city life. After a decade of repeating the mantra “5, 6, 5678” as a dance teacher, I am now living in a small house, with a big yard, in the city, that, remarkably, is labelled “5678.”

I want to buy the house, some day, some how, and sometimes it seems like pie in the sky, but it is such a miracle that I am living here at all, that I know the universe has no trouble moving mountains for me. There is no order of difficulty in miracles.

In my birthday-bliss reverie, I am also reminded of another magical time in my life that came with another important lesson. Several years ago, while flying from Delhi to Kullu, over the picturesque foothills of the Himalayas, I felt my heart open up, and a strong sense of clarity about a message that I needed to live and to share.

“You don’t need to know how you’re going to get somewhere, you just have to decide to go.”

This was my big take-away from  the culture-shock of India. You didn’t need to know how you were going to get somewhere, you just had to go stand at the bus stop and ask EVERYONE. Somebody out there knew how you could get where you were going. Some people were totally wrong, but you couldn’t let that stop you from getting on the bus.

I realize that although I live my life according to this principle, I don’t declare it enough. One great thing about The Alchemist is that the moral is clearly stated near the beginning. You don’t have to read the whole book and ponder the message. So here is my message for the world, and the reason for my own flavour of craziness:

“You don’t need to know how you’re going to get somewhere, you just have to decide to go.”

So I am standing at the bus stop known as 5678 North St. wondering how I can possibly buy a house, and knowing that I will get there somehow.

While the universe and I are working on figuring that out, I am starting to establish it as a little community hub. Community is one of the things I cherish in my life, and my house has started to unintentionally become the centre of my social life. With an AirBnB, and a steambath business in the backyard, and friends working on interesting projects at the house and in the neighbourhood, I always have guests, friends, and strangers coming through the house. I enjoy the constant activity, and I am thrilled when I can facilitate connections between others, and create intersections between various activities and social circles.

In light of this, I am “officializing” the social aspect of the house, with a name and a website, and I will now be deliberately organizing events with the intention of creating change in the world through community, creativity, and conscious living. I’m calling it HIVE678.

It is now a location that can be tagged on Instagram and Facebook,  and the website will be launched soon.

Thank-you to all you wonderful people who hang out at HIVE678, keeping my house and my heart warm.

I hope to welcome many more of you in the near future.

One Response to “Introducing HIVE678

  • Laurie Campbell
    4 years ago

    I always loved the look of that house when I passed on the bus! So happy it is your home now!

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