At breakfast one day with a dear friend, I told him how much I was enjoying the audiobook, A Natural Woman, the autobiography of Carole King, and then said something I didn't plan on. I said, “You know, I just realized that listening to this book and the autobiography of John Fogerty has caused me to appreciate every other person on this planet more."
I have always loved biographies and autobiographies. Some are so fascinating that it is almost sad to get to the end. And yet, at best, each one is a few snippets out of a much, much longer life full of experiences.
Part of what fascinated me is that Carole, John, and all the others who wrote autobiographies took the time (lots of it) and the energy (lots of that too) to stop what they were doing in life and focus on writing down their stories. That is a powerful gift.
The other thing that I said at breakfast was, “Every person on this planet has interesting stories about their lives, and I would love to hear all of them."
Some say that God experiences life through all of his Creation. Can you imagine the fascination with that? Wow!
After these realizations, I don't think I will ever look at any other person the same again. I will now realize that each and every individual has wonderful and fascinating stories inside them. How delightful it would be to take the time to get to know them more.
We have this tendency to deal with the immediate, talk in superficial language that is meant to be light and remain unattached, yet beneath that in every single life on this planet is so much depth and so many experiences. I could learn from them. I would love to learn from them. I would love to read or listen to the autobiography of everyone.