More and more each day I have come to realize that there is an intersection where our stories collide - a common thread weaving throughout which binds us all together. We don't just 'chance' our way into one another's stories, we are intentionally placed...to invest in, learn from, get to know, be known, struggle, call out good and see beauty. There is a responsibility we have to enter in, to empower, to care for and about. Hi there, I'm Leigh. Welcome to my tiny corner of the world. This is where I try my best to convey the passions, convictions and creativity from deep inside of my heart. Why? Because I believe these things are a reflection of the greater things and they have the power to challenge, inspire, encourage & transform. Especially words - they've got some power, hence why I write.
"Creativity is the way you share your soul with the world. Your spiritual practice and creative practice are the way that you interact with every single person and even yourself. And without access to other people’s creativity, we are not okay as humans. The only unique contribution we will make in this world, will be born of creativity.” - BRENE BROWN
I've crossed paths with some unlikely individuals over the years. It is through these relationships that my perspective has been shaped...in the best way possible. Reclaim is about the second chance, seeing potential in everyone and pursuing hope in all circumstances. It's about finding beauty and shining a light on the good happening all around. Not only the telling the story of another, but stepping into that story - a shift in mindset. Seeing all people through the same lens...of love.
"I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university." - Albert Einstein
You see, we have been given hope to extend hope to one another. Through seasons of brokenness - light shines brightest. When we begin to care about the whole story, for the good of others, we will soon realize that the whole story is where we find purpose, and our past, though it does not define us, is what makes this present moment that much greater.
"The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable; they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed." - Ernest Hemingway
Reclaim is about rising above, economic opportunity, equality, social awareness, transformation and the call to freely give. From the places we shop, the trips we take, the people we invite in to our homes to the causes we support...we can all be a part of empowering others. We've all been threaded for good to make one grand contribution to the world.
Let’s take a minute to challenge our perspective…nothing is ever too far-gone to be Reclaimed.
Will you join me in looking deep into the eyes of people, calling them by name and seeing them as worthy? In doing so, we will truly see hope, dignity and beauty begin to transform lives. Slow down and take a seat. I hope you'll leave feeling differently than when you came...
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