Whilst out on my camera walk today, I observed a blond haired lady taking photographs near my local train station. I love Street Photography, and I am always on the lookout for interesting images that capture my imagination. This was a scene I couldn't resist – so I took a few photographs. As I approached her, I couldn't stop myself, I immediately said to her, "did you get a good shot"? To which she replied, "I hope so". So began a delightful conversation with a complete stranger.
Her name is Sara and she's a full-time professional wedding photographer based in London but originally from Sweden. Her website is glorious; full of beautiful compelling images of happy couples on their wedding day. She is a highly accomplished photographer.
I was really astounded at how easy it was to initiate a conversation with a complete stranger and in this moment, I experienced the oneness and humanity that all humans share.
When we parted company, I began to speculate on the beauty of our humanity expressed in the moment and at the same time the tragedy of the human condition. Why is it so difficult for people to get along with each other? Why is there so much conflict in the world? Why is there so much fear, why are we so afraid of each other when our natural birthright is to communicate, share, contribute, serve and love one another?
The need to be right, to dominate, manipulate and control are elements of a fearful ego. We weren't born like this; we were born happy, free with an innate ability to authentically express share and ourselves.
In writing this post, I am immediately present to the simple fact that the purpose of life is to create, contribute and serve one another. In the process, individuals, we can gain so much more than we ever could by operating in a realm of fear and separation.
My interaction with Sara reminded me of the great joy and liberation that is waiting for us when we take the leap of faith and say “hello” to a complete stranger. In my opinion, a stranger represents the possibility of friendship waiting to happen.
I dedicate this post to Sara for reminding me what my true purpose in life is – “to connect with others, to bond in humanity, to share my gifts and talent and to be open to the possibility of receiving the humanity and gifts from others”.
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