Have you ever gone on a vacation that took your mind off everything? I will be the first to admit, I often get caught up in my thoughts and routine. Recently, my wife and I had the opportunity to attend a friend's wedding that completely pulled me out of my world. We drove 12 hours to North Carolina. We spent the weekend hanging out with friends and visiting our alma mater. The culmination of the weekend was our friend's wedding. She walked down the aisle toward her future husband in a beautiful white dress, and it struck me how much I did not know about them. I had only met the groom in passing several years ago and it had been a while since I had seen the bride. I didn't know their story, but I wanted to. I was seeing just a small scene in the narrative of their life and it intrigued me.
This wedding reminded me that I am not the center of my universe. Everyone's life and story is running parallel to everyone else's. It is a shocking thought to realize that every person we pass on the road, every person we make eye contact with has their own problems, questions, passions, and stories.
The weekend forced me out of my own head, away from the everyday grind, and showed me a scene in a story outside of my own. Everyone has a story and I need to be careful not to believe mine is the only one that matters.
What pulls you out of your self focused universe?