Everyone Has a Story

“When you look at a person, any person, remember everyone has a story. Everyone has gone through something that has changed them.


A StoryIn one of my previous blog posts, “Present Moment, Infinite Possibilities”, I told you about a young woman – the sister of one of my daughter’s friends – who had suffered a severe TBI (traumatic brain injury) over two and a half years ago as the result of a horrible car accident.  Her mother regularly posts to an online blog, hosted by our local hospital system, with updates on her daughter’s journey of recovery – a cathartic and exhausting process as her daughter continues to emerge emotionally and cognitively.


As her mother stated in a recent blog post: “The difficulty most TBI survivors face is the judgment of others. Looking at a patient from the ‘outside’ they may walk with a limp or ride in a wheelchair, their speech may be slurred, their response time may be slow and/or they speak on a primitive level to express themselves, if they speak at all. These physical challenges shouldn’t define their intellect nor should it insinuate it’s been compromised. In fact; it is often the contrary, this is where false judgment comes into play.” At the end of her post, she included the quote that appears at the beginning of today’s post. It bears repeating.

“When you look at a person, any person, remember everyone has a story. Everyone has gone through something that has changed them.


A universal truth

This quote is so profound, especially when you realize how universal a truth it is.  Think about how easy it is to unconsciously judge someone based on things like the clothes they wear, or how they style their hair; whether they have tattoos, or body piercings, or multi-colored hair; their skin color, whether they have an accent, or speak no English at all; their sexual orientation, their religious beliefs, their gender.

Every one of us has a story.  Each of us have travelled paths that have changed us in sometimes subtle, and sometimes not-so-subtle ways. How can we presume to know someone’s story based on appearances, when appearances may only be the tip of the iceberg?


Connecting our uniqueness

Imagine a world where no assumptions and judgments were made about someone based on their superficial traits.  Imagine a world where differences were respected instead of feared and judged. Imagine if we took the time to really get to know someone and their story, celebrate their uniqueness, at the same time finding strength in how our stories connect us because of that uniqueness. Because we EACH have our own unique story that deserves to be told.  And heard.

Just imagine.


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