I was working on a story we have coming up on a unique, wonderful young lady - Lydia. Looking at this beautiful, emotional portrait of her reminded me of a conversation I had with a friend recently. The friend said, "There isn't a person in this world that you wouldn't love if you could read their story." So true, but why don't many of us take the time to do the homework, to understand the life stories of others? I wonder what would happen if much of the human population actually slowed down and put their own agenda on the shelf, even for a day? Wouldn't that possibly be world changing, if we just stopped and ...loved and encourage others? What would we find out about the pages people hide underneath their cover? Those pages some people don't want others to read because they feel they won't be understood, loved or they think they are the only one with issues.
Maybe we would appreciate, respect, admire, console, empathize and love others more if we made more effort to experience people rather than judge them from afar. I don't have all of the answers - none of us really do. I am confident that everyone deserves to be heard, understood, appreciated and loved - no matter what. Let's start reading the stories of others.
(scenario by Shannon Bacon)