For this weeks inspiration I am posting a video that my mom sent to me (Hi Mom!). I think this video is a wonderful testament to the human experience and all of the things that we have in common with each other if we really look.
How often do we just walk past people on the street, without giving them a second glance? These people took the opportunity in the form of a ball pit in order to get to know each other better, and through watching the video you feel like you get to know them better too. From fake teeth, to MS, to secret handshakes, these people all find things in common and become friends in an unusual circumstance.
There’s even a little bit of religious dialogue in the ball pit too. When asked who inspires them, two of the gentleman had this conversation:
“Is it alright to talk about someone who is a religious figure?”
“Yeah why not? It’s our ball pit!”
I love that. For me, those few seconds embrace what it is that we do in interfaith dialogue. Those taboo subjects like faith and beliefs are ones that we talk about to grow and better understand each other. In dialogues we make our own rules on what you can and can’t talk about in the “ball pit.”
So what would life be like if we treated every conversation like a ball pit? If we felt comfortable enough with people to share stories about our lives and be honest with complete strangers? Think about the differences we could make in the world if we simply went on and trusted each other.
So go on, say what you need to say. The world is your ball pit! Take a seat and make a friend.
Everyone can use a little inspiration in the middle of the work week, so I’ve decided to make Wednesdays “Midweek Inspiration” day and post something positive and inspiring to enjoy and reflect on!
This week’s inspiration: Kid President
I myself was introduced to this video last night during a Praise and Worship event on my campus, and it was just the bit of inspiration I needed for my week. I mean, it’s so simple: Don’t be boring. Be awesome.
But if it’s so simple, why does it take a kid president for us to listen?
I know when I see this video, I think of all of the work that the many people in the interfaith movement are doing. Our good friend Kid President tells us that we are a team, and if religious groups worked together and thought about the world like that, think of all the great things that could get done! So many conflicts in the world are because life is seen as a competition: you are either on “my” side or “their” side. That kind of mentality really gets us nowhere. We need to work together for a common goal, making the world around us a better place for everyone. Combining resources and people, making friendships and dialoguing, that is how the REAL work gets done.
“I’m on your team, be on my team.”
So what are you going to do to be awesome? What is your passion? Whether it be school, art, your job, your family, or your friends, find that part of your life that makes you feel so infinitely happy, so complete… find your Space Jam. You don’t need kid president to be inspired, be inspired everyday with the wonderful world you have had a hand in making. But a kid dressed up as a president is pretty good inspiration.
“Create something that will make the world awesome.”