My time in Emmitsburg is winding down. Tomorrow I am back home to reality and the business of day-to-day life; but, as always, the visit to Emmitsburg provided a nice respite. Over my past two visits here I have had the opportunity to spend some one-on-one time with a number of folks that I don’t usually get the time to visit with. These visits remind me that everyone has a story that is rich with details and provides insight into who they are. I have a story, you have a story, we all have a story.
Tonight I had dinner with one of my emergency management higher education colleagues, Christine Springer, at the Ott House (a local firefighter bar in Emmitsburg). It was a lovely visit. Christine is a fascinating woman and she has, as we all do, a story. My evening with Christine reminded me that part of staying in touch with our humanity is understanding in our interactions with others that they too have a story that is rich with twists and turns, triumphs and sadness. In some folks’ stories we may be key players while in other folks’ stories we may only cross paths momentarily or weave in and out. The point is that we all have stories and within our stories is a glimpse into our world.
Readers of my blog know a lot about my story…my blog allows for more than a glimpse, it allows for a long awkward stare. I hope that my story allows you to understand more about the perfectly imperfect human I am…I hope that my story allows you to understand the integrity of my intentions…I hope that my story allows you to feel more comfortable sharing your own story. Because really, isn’t it in sharing our stories that we really bond as human beings? It is in others’ stories that we find our sameness and uniqueness. It is in others’ stories that we realize that we are all together in this crazy jaunt called life.
Thank you to all the folks who share their story with me and to all of those who connect to me through my story…that is where the real living occurs - in our connections with others.
Day six hundred and five of the new forty – obla di obla da