Lara Simmons
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We are All in this Together

Lara Simmons on August 11th, 2011 2 Comments

We are all in it together. The river of stones, and the river of life. We can encourage each other….We can take comfort in the knowledge that every single [person] ever has had terrible doubts about what they’re doing. We can learn how to encourage ourselves, and get better at this as we go along. We can eat chocolate. We’ll be JUST fine.”
—Fiona Robyn, writer and midwife of The River of Stones writing project

Last month I wrote about a writing project I was participating in called The River of Stones. I got this quote from a blog post that the organizer of the project wrote to encourage participants who might be feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of writing something every day. It reminded me of this truth: WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER.

After I read this quote I walked around, looking at each person I saw, thinking, “We are in this together.”

Sometimes it was easy to see: my husband and my sons, my friends and neighbors, people I know. Sometimes difficult: the annoying person in front of me who can’t drive, the homeless man who wants money from me and whose gaze I am tempted to avoid.

But there is no one walking this earth who can be exempted from this togetherness.

Participating in the River of Stones project was great practice in living this truth. As I went about my day, searching for small stones, I knew that there were hundreds of other writers around the world doing the same thing and I felt that we were all connected.

We were all searching for the same thing and in that we were supporting each other and encouraging each other in our efforts.

It’s the same with those we live with, work with, meet in the grocery store, or just pass by on the street. WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER. The River of Life. So why not encourage someone today? Support someone today?

It can be big or small. It can be a huge favor or a tiny piece of chocolate. It can be a gift, a glance, a smile, a ride. Whatever you can do today, do it. However you can live this truth today, live it. WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER.

Lara Simmons

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2 Responses

  1. Sasha says:

    What a touching reminder of the importance of compassion. The more we find compassion in our hearts for others, the richer our lives will be. That connection to one another is what makes life a blessing. Thank you, Lara, for continuing to share your beautiful perspective. 🙂

  2. jen says:

    What an inspirational post. I even found myself smiling at the end. Thank you for this much needed reminder. We ARE in this together.

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