Recently I underwent a spiritual exercise wherein I divested myself of nearly all personal possessions and spent a month living the life of a penniless monk on the streets of Austin, Texas.
During that time I came across the good people at LIFT CAFE who demonstrated an outstanding appreciation of the Spirit of Aloha. I was especially impressed by manager John and staff person Jamie, both of whom basically took me under their wings and gave me not only moral support but also the occasional gratis house coffee. In addition, they allowed me to hang out and use their wifi without ever making me feel unwanted or in the way. And how rare is that??? Very.
While not a gourmet by any stretch of the imagination, the coffee was delicious, hot and strong. Just what I needed to LIFT my spirits during a difficult time for this street monk in his mid-60s. The wifi allowed me to stay in contact with my spiritual partner. The best of all possible worlds, one might say.
I have many fond memories of that most interesting time, but some of my fondest are centered on John and Jamie. A great big shout-out to the both of them and a world of aloha wished them in all they do.
I cannot recommend LIFT CAFE too highly. It is so very rare to meet people who go out of their way to live compassion rather than having it be some abstract concept.
Again...John and Jamie...aloha until we meet again!
Me ke aloha,