This week I was reading fellow writer-poet-blogger Luanne Castle’s blog, in which she described a typical day in her life (“Typical Tuesday with Luanne Castle”). Then today I read the blog of my writing friend and collaborator Anne J in which she talked about a rushed and stressful afternoon in her life and how she managed to get through it (“Finding Joy I”). After I read their posts, I had the wonderful feeling of getting to know them better by learning more about their daily lives.
In the past few days I’ve been talking with Tom & Audrey at USAThroughOurEyes blog about the profound transformation that happens when we take the time to listen – really listen – to our fellow human beings. What is life like for them? What are the hopes, fears, what do they strive to do. What makes them laugh? What brings tears to their eyes? And that suddenly, in hearing their stories, we find ourselves seeing the world from their vantage point. (“Putting ourselves in their shoes,” as the saying goes!)
I was inspired this week by an interview with visual artist Maira Kalman, who said in part:
. . . People are leading very particular and very complex lives, and. . . every human being is a human being. People who you think you might have absolutely nothing in common with, philosophically, or just on a daily level, you find out there’s a tremendous amount of contact [shared common experience]. It might be so obvious to say that, but I don’t think that you can appreciate that until you actually go, and live that. . . . [and then] we can have a conversation about that and find the common humanity. (On Being With Krista Tippett, https://onbeing.org/programs/)
These conversations and reflections got me thinking about writing about my life on a daily level in a future blog post. I’m thinking of doing that later this week, and I hope it helps us connect even more over the things that unite us, and about that things that make us different. Have a wonderful week!