A few years ago my family and I went through something that frankly caused me to truly question what I was doing with my life. Like most people, we had our shares of ups and downs and we were always able to rebound. This time was different. It changed everything. I began looking for something much deeper. I began to look for solace in nature and I was fortunate enough to have many experiences that I can only describe as spiritual. I began to get in touch with something that up until that point I believed I understood, but through experience realized how little I knew.
It secondly made me realize just how little we know about the lives of the people we see and pass everyday in the communities we live in. If we took a moment to ask a stranger how their day is going, or ask them to tell us a little about themselves, what would we learn? If we took a chance and opened up a little bit to others, would that be reciprocated, and would we leave each other a little better off than we were before?
I read a quote recently that says, “There isn’t a person you wouldn’t love if you could read their story. ” The challenge that we face today is that we have largely lost that a personal connection. We are so busy living we’ve forgotten how to be alive. We have to choose to be present, choose to step out of our comfort zone and reconnect with each other.
What I’ve found by doing this is that people are truly amazing. We all have a story to tell. My goal is to share in that experience in a small way. To share stories and pictures of amazing people I’ve been fortunate enough to meet.
Thank you to all of those of you who have shared with me your stories and have allowed me to be a witness to your lives.