People are fascinating 5/6

The other day I took a walk with someone I have know for about 4 years now. We live in the same building and we used to see each other at the gym all of the time before my unfortunate back issue banned me from the gym.

He is a nice person and we always have pleasant conversation. But that was the extent of my knowledge of this person.

Lately I have found myself less fearful of others and actually very interested in the other people on this planet. It is like I am waking up and loving all of these new encounters.

On the walk I noticed how free and open I was. Just sharing my truth. This in turn allowed the other to share freely as well. We both had a general trust and kindness and there was no judgement.

This person is going through some serious medical issues and recently received some frustrating news. He was also struck by lightning years ago and showed me the exit wound on his foot!!!

You just never know who you are talking to…unless you take the time to ask and then listen.

I almost feel awake for the first time. Appreciating everything that was always right there in front of me. My eyes were closed or at least very filled with slumber.

And now…so much beauty to see and experience.

Published by gracefuladdict

I am a true addict living my life one day at a time in recovery. I have been substance free -meaning NO drugs or alcohol since 5/23/10. My intention is to share my experiences daily in the hopes to free others from the fears of being who they truly are. My wish is to bravely tell my truth so others can tell theirs as well. I want to be free of self hatred and doubt. I want to live a life of joy, kindness, love and grace. Thank you!

21 thoughts on “People are fascinating 5/6

  1. Thank you for writing. Your writing and life’s journey brings me great joy and hope. Secondly, you are like a child again in your experience with people which reminded me that unless we are like humble children, we will not see God. I think you can see God’s fingerprints in others because you are humble and childlike in your experience and discovery of them. It is beautiful. I hope you don’t mind that analogy. I mean it in the best sense. God bless you.😃❤️

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    1. I think the biggest compliment that you can give another is that they are child like – so I thank you for that 💜This new freedom with less fear and more and more curiosity and appreciation feels like god to me – the energy of love❤️I think I owe a lot of it to all of you who have consistently been helping me through my writing – such an amaze journey! Thank you Tonya🌈♥️


  2. You’ve made quite a long journey from the woman who wouldn’t go on a walk and who had her baseball cap pulled down over her eyes in the gym. When we first met you had an aura of love & kindness but it was dampened by an edge of wariness and mistrust.
    That is a far cry from the person your are today, now there’s an exuberance, an innocence, a willingness and openness on top of all that love & kindness.
    You’ve released the Kraken…😂

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  3. That always stunned me…so much that has always been there…but I couldn’t see for the walls I had built around myself. And once awake that judgement does indeed stop because we can now see us in them, and because of that we want to help them break free too. Great post dear lady, may your heart smell that new air, see those lovely scenes and feel the truth of that love…in it all 😀 ❤️ 🙏🏽 🦋

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  4. I normally try to keep a work-life separation in my blogging life, but I couldn’t help but smile at your post.

    The photo you shared was from the Human Library program that I organized way back in 2010! 😊 It was in Toronto but the concept for the HL originated in Copenhagen, as a way to combat the rise in youth violence.

    It truly is a remarkable program. Our specific program included a Tibetan monk (pictured in your post), as well as a former inmate, an individual living with HIV, immigrants, a 100-year-old immigrant and people experiencing homelessness. The goal was indeed to build empathy and awareness through one on one conversations.

    It was one of the more memorable and rewarding things I worked on. And that photo you shared literally has travelled around the world on social media. So I couldn’t help but smile when I saw it on your post!

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    1. That is Excellent!!!! The idea is incredible and for you to be a part of launching something so wonderful is so nice to hear! When I saw that picture and the quote underneath I literally thought….so simple and so pure – it has actually prompted me to listen to the others that I am encountering daily! I’m mindful that everyone is a gift 🎁 and has a story and I have no clue until I listen ❤️🌈💜
      Thank you for your service work and your comment!!

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    1. This is exactly what I am discovering ❤️There is wayyyy less fear…which leaves more room for love. Then I have started to really appreciate all of these people…strangers, acquaintances and the ones I am close with. It’s like a calm of gods grace says “hey Danielle- you’re alright…now you may go check out the others.” 🌈💜❤️

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