The following is inspired by a journal entry I wrote on August 20, 2013:
Our universe is big. Have you ever thought about how big it is? It’s overwhelming, it’s massive. The grand scale of the cosmos, the never-ending expanse hanging above our heads is beyond comprehension in terms of size. However, life here on Earth, “The Blue Marble” is big enough for me. I’m intimidated by the size of our planet, let alone the size of our universe. It’s almost frightening at times.
Focusing on Earth, there are highly intelligent creatures that have carved a name for themselves in the history of this planet. They are humans. We are human. Our history is full of countless stories of joy, tragedy, life, death, anger, fear, despair, peace, war, and the list goes on. The human history is built on struggles, hardships, lost battles, victories, celebrations, and triumphs. Our history is full of different stories coming from different people.
Focusing on the present, humans have populated all parts of the planet Earth. Each one of these people have their own stories. Their own experiences. Their own history. People you pass by on the street have their own family, friends, job, hobbies, talents, joys, and pains. Each and every person on the planet is living a life as unique as your own.
n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.
Also, here’s a cool video talking about “Sonder”
So as I experience sonder I can’t help but also feel that I might be able to make a difference in these people’s lives. As I pass by people I have no idea what they may be stressed about or if they are in desperate need of help. Perhaps they just have a story they are dying to share. Maybe they need to hear one of my many stories.
I think that’s what we need more of in this hurting world, we need to acknowledge one another as fellow human beings. We all need the support of others because, “A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” (Ecclesiastes 4:12) If we show kindness to one another, to any stranger we may meet, we can help just a little. We can join as a part of their story and make a positive difference when they may need it most.
That’s what I want to do. I want to make an impact on people’s lives. It’s overwhelming when you think of the scale of it all, with over 7 billion different people on this Earth each with their own stories to tell. However, I want to hear a story and share a story for someone.
It’s important to share the joy we have received through a relationship with Jesus Christ with the people we meet on a daily basis. Hopefully we can all change lives through the little actions. We can plant seeds of joy that will grow and spread throughout communities like wildfire. It is time to bring about some radical change in our actions and lives in order to bring joy into a broken and hurting world.