Friday, December 11, 2015

Reverb15 Day 11: of atoms and stories

I’ve written many times how much I love Humans of New York. Following the HoNY Instagram feed feels like a direct line to the heart of the human experience. 

This year, I was particularly affected by the profiles of scholars from Mott Hall Bridges Academy in Brownsville, New York; the campaign to end exploitation of brick kiln workers in Pakistan; and the spotlight on Syrian refugees across Europe. 

For my part, I see how easy it is to get overwhelmed by statistics and to fear what they mean. And then HoNY reminds me that numbers are irrelevant: what counts is people. And each person has an extraordinary, terrifying, exhilarating story of their own.

Muriel Rukeyser once wrote: The Universe is made of stories, not of atoms. And I could not agree more. Our stories are our own but, in sharing them, they become universal. And timeless. 

What stories touched you this year? Which stories of your own are you glad you shared?

You are warmly invited to share your response in the linky below. Be sure to check out the other amazing responses while you're there! (Trust me, this is how the magic happens.)

This prompt is part of the Reverb15 reflective writing challenge. You are welcome to dive in at any time! If you’re catching up, you can check out all prompts so far in the Reverb archive.

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