There are NO ACCIDENTS…after I wrote yesterday about the importance of having a Big Picture for your life, I had the opportunity to attend a board meeting of a fledgling non-profit who has supported me in having my voice be heard: Story From a New Friend. Here’s what I like about them…they are a group of hip young professionals who already understand that working and waltzing through life is not enough. They want to be fulfilled, satisfied and leave their mark on society.
I also like that they are different. Their focus is on sharing your stories and the profound far reaching benefits that come from fostering an attitude of inclusion, unity and relatedness. In an era that increasingly finds us separate, working remotely and alone, they have created occasions for their peers to BE RELATED to others they may not normally meet and to Listen to their stories. Knowing that as we Learn from one another the barriers fall, the aggitation calms and the conflicts disappear. Truly everything can be solved in communication. Listen Learn Love is their motto. I have seen their events make a profound impact first hand: One young woman spoke about surviving her father’s suicide and from her telling her story a man in the audience found the stregnth to continue with his life when he had been comtemplating ending it.
They would never be so gauche as to say they are creating world peace, but in my view that’s exactly what they are setting the foundation for~ a community that fosters peace, love and understanding through intimate communication. Taking the time to really get to know your social circle as well as people from outside your social circle creates a deeper experience of life. When we know each other we are less likely to fight with each other. Giving someone the gift of BEING KNOWN is a priceless and beautiful thing.
I know because it is the gift they have given me.
I encourage you to attend their next event, as my friend Mark said at the last one,” I could listen to this all night!”.
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