How many people do you interact with daily? How long have you known them? What do you have in common? How often do you introduce someone new into your life?
In Belize, we welcomed a group of amazing and incredibly diverse women to experience the Reset Retreat journey with us. These were women who would normally never encounter each other in the course of their normal lives… And it was beautiful.
Read about some of the special moments and connections our guests and guides noticed:
“The most profound experience from this retreat was to meet all these unique women on the first day and to know nothing about them but their name and over the course of the week be able to see them open up and completely blossom. To have perfect strangers meet for the first time and by the end of seven days build relationships so strong it is as if we have all known each other for years.” – Rachelle
“The affinity women have for one another. I think we forget about this in our day to day lives, and get caught up in jealousy, competitiveness, and comparison. But when pressure and expectation is removed, and women are in a safe space where they accept each other without judgment, the truth is that we really want to connect. And it’s easy for us. The positivity and warmth that I encountered at Reset Retreat reinvigorated me. It has brought more awareness to the way I treat others – especially women – in my day to day life. It’s the little things – I smile at women on the street more. I pay more compliments. Reset Retreat reminded me that women crave connection with one another, and that the opportunity to connect starts with me.” – Jen
“During Reset Retreat, the people who had the least in common actually seemed to help each other grow (perhaps) the most! In our daily lives, we tend to gravitate towards people who share our same beliefs, interests and goals, but I’ve now witnessed the deep value of opening up to people not like me.” – Cierra
“Although everyone at the Retreat came from different backgrounds and different places in their lives, there was a remarkable sense of closeness and community. Everyone had something that they could learn from someone else, and something to share. Less than 30 minutes into our first group session the walls came down and some experiences were shared that provided unexpected comfort and support between several people in the group. It was such an amazing moment and I am grateful that I got to be a part of that experience.” – Bianca
“The people that I wouldn’t normally have the chance to really talk to in my everyday life, I ended up connecting with and appreciating the most. It was such a wonderful lesson in remembering that while we are so different on the surface (what we do, where we live), our cores are all so similar.” Genevieve
Maybe it’s time we take a look at how we choose to interact with others and accept that we can learn something from everyone we meet.
If we approach every stranger– regardless of age, race, gender, sexuality, religious beliefs, political affiliations, all of it – with an open mind and heart, I believe we will be surprised by the connections we create through acceptance.
Be open. Be kind. Give it a try and see what happens! You never know…