…you could say that good care and presence in a place – ministry, pastoring, leadership – means you have to know how your neighborhood smells. And, eventually, you need to start to smell like the neighborhood around you.
Smell is the sense that is most powerfully connected to memory. Intrinsically connected to the things we smell are the joys, loves, tensions, and sorrows of the places we live.
To be rooted in a place – to love and serve a place – means we have to close enough to smell that place, and to smell like that place.