Why would getting to know our attendees or vs versus be so important in a creative, soulful retreat?
This Ted Talk explains it so well.
Everyone has a story.
Everyone desires to be heard.
We all want to know our life matters, that we count in the bigger picture of the world.
Giving the gift of being there for another person in your life or that comes into your life by a serendipitous moment, to stop...be quiet...and listen, can be profound.
As both of our events last year in 2014 unfolded, we saw a common bond throughout both of the retreats. It was important to celebrate our differences and recognize within each other there are many threads that tie us all together, as there are differences. No matter what our background, job or career path, level of income, ethnicity or religion, we all have walked along a path that we can pull similarities from and had experiences that are worthy of sharing. It was even more important to let those stories be heard. In a art/creative retreat, you don't often have time for that, but at ReMe...being heard and discovering as much about others as you do yourself, is at the core of what we facilitate and embrace.
Whether you have joined us in the past or are thinking about joining us in the future, take this little bit of inspiration with you and incorporate it into your life if you can:
Stop and listen to someone else and give them the gift of your time and interest in hearing their story. It's a treasure you'll receive that could be life changing for both you and the person you are giving it to.
And now to share that talk that reminded me of ReMe: David Isay began a program that has grown over the last several years where they provide a platform in which two people and a facilitator can sit down and record an interview, asking poignant questions and just being there to listen to another human being. That dialogue is recorded and uploaded into a bank of discussions for future generations. It's a modern take on how history has been documented since the beginning of time. Listening. Sharing. Writing. Photos. Art.
It's good to be reminded from time to time to slow down and just be present for someone else.
What is that you would ask someone important in your life about if you had the chance? What nuggets of wisdom would you like to harvest from their life bank of experience?
What is it that YOU would like to share with a loved one? What if this was your last conversation, what would you like them to hear?
We'd love to hear that 'question' you would ask or want to be asked during an interview. Please leave a comment here with a question you'd like to ask that person.
Do you have a story that you'd like to tell? We are here...and we want to HEAR you, too--whether or not you have joined us or will be joining us, we are are all brother's and sister's in this world together.
Thank you for being a part of the ReMe family in your own way.
If you'd like more information about a ReMe event or would like to join us in October 2015, please drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org .