Does one really need an excuse to post an adorable video like this one? Not really. But being the writer that I am, I have a metaphor for these extremely cute critters.
When watching this adorable video of a tiny kitten meeting a little hedgehog for the first time, two things crossed my mind. The first being something along the lines of, “OH MY GOODNESS THEY ARE JUST THE CUTEST THINGS IN THE WORLD.” However once the hypnotism of adorableness wore off enough for me to return to my normal thinking capacities, I looked at this video a second time and saw an analogy for friendship and meeting new people.
Think about it, we have all felt like that little kitten before. Looking at someone we don’t understand and being extremely wary at first of who they are and what they are about. A hedgehog looks a lot different than a cat, therefore one could see the hesitation on the kitten’s part just like when we meet someone who is vastly different from us for the first time.
But as the video continues the kitten gets closer and closer to the hedgehog, and even plays with it a little bit. Likewise, when we start to talk to new people and get to know them, their differences aren’t so scary anymore. We get more and more comfortable with each other until eventually a friendship is born. Maybe they become your new best friend or maybe you just have a new and different perspective on a group of people that once frightened you.
Either way, that’s pretty awesome. Like hedgehogs and kittens.
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.