This Complicated World Called "Mugging"

ugging is a term my fellow Starbucks mug collectors call what we do. It is the act of collecting, trading and buying mugs to grow one's collection.

2012 marks a major year in my mug collection. I started this year with only 17 mugs. I am probably ending the year with 220+ mugs. A special thank you to family and friends who "donated" to my collection. A big thank you to fellow collectors who have helped me with my collection.

Mugging is a complicated world. You put several people from all over the world with different culture and personalities in groups and you end up with drama and chaos. Facebook, for me, is no longer about connecting with family and friends, it is a means to communicate with fellow muggers. I met so many wonderful new friends and at the same time created "enemies." I had unfriended and learned to use the Block button when I can no longer handle it. I am not supposed to like each and everyone of the 500+ collectors. And I cannot please all of them. There is nothing wrong in staying away from people who are toxic and full of negative vibes. (Proverbs 22: 24, 25 NLT)

Our world is full of drama, deceit, envy and greed. I am constantly reminding myself to put my guard up.  These are only mugs. At the end of the day, these are mugs that would break if you drop them. There are definitely more important things in life.  

Unlike my fellow collectors, I do not have a plan. My only game plan was to collect as much as I can. Yes, I keep a master list of the icon mugs and tick off those I acquired. I would hunt down those I don't have yet. It would be nice to have all of them. Some are impossible to own as they are discontinued and requires hundreds (or even thousand) of dollars which I obviously cannot spend on a mug. Miraculously, my collection has grown. I have mugs in my collection I cannot believe I have. I am very blessed.

There are collectors who makes you lose your faith in humanity. A test of patience and a test of grace. When I would feel discouraged and frustrated, I would be surprised with a mug or I would find an opportunity to help or start a friendship with another collector. I have learned a big deal about generosity, too. The more generous you are, the more it'll come back to you. The key to receiving mugs as gifts is to give mugs away. 

I am a follower of Christ so I do connect everything with my relationship with him. I knew God was speaking to me and He gave me an idea through this fellow collector who just joined the group. She is a youth pastor and we belong to the same church. We may be thousand of miles apart but God made sure we meet. She uses her mugs for her prayer wall. She prays for the country or city that is written on the mug (as we are supposed to pray for every nation). And then would pray for the person who gave or sent her the mug. What an excellent idea! I finally found a purpose for my mugs other than for them to collect dust and look pretty on the display shelves. 

I may have 200+ mugs but the most important take home for me is the relationships and friendships I fostered because of collecting. I never imagined I would end up with so many new friends and be reconnected with relatives. 

The good outweighs the bad. I will continue mugging as long as there are collectors who needs mugs I can offer. I know God will lead me to the people I would need to help out. 

It is all good, right? 

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