In the past few years, we have watched the world get uglier, more divisive, and sadly become an "us vs them" way of living. We're told to stand by our convictions and "This is who I am! Take it or leave it!" It feels unheard of at this point to see someone willing to look at all sides of a topic, change their stance with new evidence, or even pause to put themselves in another's shoes. The extremist is the new normal rather than the outlier.
Have you ever wondered....that person who feels and believes in things so vastly different from you....why do they think that way? What has driven their belief patterns? Family? Trauma? Church? Lack of interaction with other opposing viewpoints?
I think it's time we sit down together to understand our journeys, what built us, and how our paths can cross safely moving forward. Even if those paths feel different, it doesn't mean we can't uplift one another.
My goal is to create a safe space for people to connect, grow and release, but most importantly be heard. This is what I long to do as I open RBF, Your Authentic Champagne Bar.
Here's what I challenge you to do in the meantime: Find a way to tell your story, but also offer an ear and a shoulder to someone else in need of the same. Everyone lives such incredibly busy lives, eating fucking kale salads, going to exercise daily, but none of that matters if we aren't connecting, growing and talking about weight of the world we carry each day. Just like that kickboxing class we make time for, it's time we are checking in with ourselves and with one another to seek similarities rather than the differences that prevent us from expanding our minds and hearts.
Pick up your phone. Who is that person that is great about checking in on everyone around them? Most likely, they need someone too. Go on a coffee or wine date. Dig deeper. Truly find out how they are doing. And continue to pay it forward.
Grab a beverage. Tell us how you got here.
Show up for yourself, show up for others, show your RBF.
Are you able to contribute to building this community?