Day 11 of Reverb15 and Kat McNally’s prompt is:
For my part, I see how easy it is to get overwhelmed by statistics and to fear what they mean. And then HoNY reminds me that numbers are irrelevant: what counts is people. And each person has an extraordinary, terrifying, exhilarating story of their own.
Muriel Rukeyser once wrote: The Universe is made of stories, not of atoms. And I could not agree more. Our stories are our own but, in sharing them, they become universal. And timeless.
What stories touched you this year? Which stories of your own are you glad you shared?
This prompt has been such a wonderful opportunity revisit stories that have resonated deeply. I’m finding stories that touch my heart are often those of ordinary people acting out of their own great hearts. The internet can gift us with a sense of connection to and a way to support many of these stories of others acting with love and courage.
Carry the Future puts baby carriers into the hands of Syrian refugees arriving in Greece. Cristal Logothetis, responded to photos she saw of refugees carrying children in their arms as they fled to safety. Children carrying younger children, adults carry multiple children. She saw a need and was inspired. Cristal’s goal was to raise funds to deliver a hundred or so donated baby carriers to her family in Greece who would provide them to refugees arriving in Greece. Instead she and other mother volunteers have been able to bring almost 7,000 donated baby carriers to Greece and the campaign continues with more trips planned through out the coming year.
There is so much that touches my heart in this story. Individuals having an avenue to make a difference in the lives of others. The possibility to act for good in the face of unspeakable circumstances. Zainab Salbi an international humanitarian, women’s rights activist and founder of Women for Women, speaks about the sense of isolation that war brings. Her work and the work of Cristal in different ways help to create connection and a sense of not being forgotten for so many facing unknown and challenging futures. Both women open a way for ordinary, everyday folks to transform darkness in our world.