Have you ever wondered how the person asking for money on the street corner got into that position?
Have you ever learned something about someone that changed your entire perspective, about them and/or about life?
That’s exactly what the Imagine Project has done.
By diving into the variety and diversity of the human spirit, we learn, relate to and better understand that everyone has a story. We are restored with hope and inspiration.
In hearing these stories, we gain compassion. We begin to extend grace to those who cut us off, possibly because we remember that driver has a story. Maybe she is a mom rushing to pick up her child from day care before she has to pay another penalty when every dime counts. Maybe he is a pet owner rushing to the vet to see his dog for the last time in its life.
In reading these stories, we gain inspiration. We begin to learn about the homeless man who lost everything he had due to depression. We remember what depression feels like and we gain gratitude that it didn’t bring us to the depths of mental illness that many homeless face.
In sharing these real life stories, we gain hope. We begin to see other people overcome challenges and begin become encouraged that we can too. Without hope, we decline emotionally, physically, and spiritually. We forget about the connections we have as resources to us. Other people’s triumph of spirit rejuvenate our own.
A woman shared with me recently how shameful she felt about a life event when another woman she was talking to very candidly shared something very similar. She said she instantly felt connected and offered compassion to her own self. It gave her hope to know she wasn’t alone and it inspired her to begin to share her story with others so she could have the same impact that this woman had on her.
Inspiration creates a viral effect. And that’s why we love it so much!
Imagine if we all could see each other simply as human spirits full of hope and inspiration. What would it change for us to begin to see that everyone has a story?
Is there a time you are willing to share with us about a time your perspective of someone changed based on what they told you about their life experiences? We would love to hear about it. Submit your story here