Try-It With-Me Tuesday, an interactive weekly time and place to foster connections that challenge and encourage the process to become a well-rounded person.

I am reading The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom for the July Reading Challenge. The main character, Eddie, learns from the first person he meets in heaven, the Blue Man, that all the people he will meet in heaven will teach him “that there are no random acts. That we are all connected. That you can no more separate one life from another than you can separate a breeze from a wind. . . The human spirit knows deep down that all lives intersect.”

His words fill me with curiosity about the people outside my circle of friends, families and associates with whom my life might intersect—clerks in stores I frequent, the regulars who exercise at the same time as I do, the parents of students in my children’s grade at school who attend the same concerts and school functions. Sometimes these strangers’ faces seem even more familiar to me than relatives who live across the country.

The Blue Man tells Eddie that “the only time we waste is the time we spend thinking we are alone.” I do feel less alone when I think not only about the people who intersect my life but how those intersections impact me. Even more, my vision becomes less self-centered. So, this week I will . . .

Observe the people who intersect my life, be aware of them and consider their influence.

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