Chances are we don’t look the same or live in the same place. We might not speak the same language. If we do, my dialect will out me to you as being different before our conversation is over. Politics and religion? Very well could be not-in-common.
Rather than looking at our differences as being part of a beautiful kaleidoscope, we humans tend to divide ourselves into “us” and “them”.
Our stories-in-common have potential to build bridges between strangers. The stories show that we have common experiences. Understanding and empathy grow no matter where we come from or what we look like. If we are open. Can we be open? Will we?
Our stories-in-common are seeds, that when sown, grow understanding and empathy and feelings of care and friendship between strangers….. no matter where we come from.Click To Tweet
universal human experiences are what we have in common
Everyone has them. Family stories, work stories, tales from the neighborhood. Memories from school years and grandparents. Your stories might be similar or very different. As we share our stories we find that we have some overlap.
our stories provide connection to others
- stories in common are seeds that can grow understanding, empathy, care and friendship
- our stories in common help us remember lives and experiences, a place to pass on our values and memories
- our stories in common help us as individuals move on with hope
I like to think that somewhere amongst your stories and mine there is commonality and that is where we relate. No matter what differences are between us, somewhere our stories will overlap. Shared stories-in-common grow understanding, empathy and feelings of care and friendship between strangers…no matter where we come from. It’s what we have in common.