Have you ever met someone you immediately had a meaningful connection with? What about a whole group of people? I was reminded last week that a little bit of vulnerability can turn complete strangers into good friends.
“In my walks, every man I meet is my superior in some way, and in that I learn from him.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
When every person you meet isn’t a problem to avoid or fix, judge or categorize, they can become your teacher. And when you put several of these people in the same room, it’s even more powerful. I think that’s what happened to me last week.
You realize the old phrase, “Be kind to every person you meet, for they’re fighting a battle you know nothing about,” is always true. No one is going through this life without some bumps and bruises.
We need each other, and sometimes it’s a stranger from the other side of the country that has the word of encouragement you need. It kinda makes you want to stop every person you walk by, right?
When you are able to sit and listen, with an open posture, to see “the image of God in me greeting the image of God in you,” you unlock what I believe we were truly made for in this life—relationship, a pure flow in this divine dance.