Guest Blogger:  Chris Rinehart, Co-Producer of The Breaking Free Show

“If we could look into each other’s hearts and understand the unique challenges each of us faces, I think we would treat each other much more gently, with more love, patience, tolerance, and care.”     ―     Marvin J. Ashton

We all get 24 hours in a day.  Some of those minutes – even seconds – might be memorable depending on the day and circumstances.  They say that life isn’t measured in days and minutes, but by the moments that take your breath away.  Well, let me step up to make sure I pass along a four minute video that utterly stole the breath right out my lungs.

I will never forget the first time I saw the video, “IF WE COULD SEE INSIDE OTHERS’ HEARTS.”  After I watched it, I couldn’t talk probably because I realized that I had stopped breathing.  With my right hand still frozen in place over my heart, I hit the “share” button and made sure that I sent it on to every single person I knew.  Riveting.  Powerful.  Thought-provoking.  Have you seen it?

Based in a hospital, this video gives us a speculative look into some of the people’s lives and circumstances who are there to work, visit and/or receive care.   No words are ever spoken.

Laser-sharp in its focus, this video effectively gets its audience – at least this audience member – to become more aware.  This video invites us – no, requires that we sit up and sit more closely to the screen – to pay attention to what is unseen rather than seen, unspoken rather than spoken.   If this video had hands, it would have grabbed my shirt and shaken me wide awake.  Yet the video isn’t confrontational or “in your face.”  I don’t know how they did it, but this video made me want to take the time to consider another person’s journey and perspective.  I watched it several months ago and its message is still with me.  “If We Could See…” makes me want to give another person a second chance because I don’t know his/her story.  There are times when technology provides us with powerful, life-changing images and messages.  This is one of those times.

This is exactly what the community known as “Everyone Matters” wants us to learn and tuck close to our minds.  This is the strategy.  Their efforts effect and springboard direct lines of change from school programs, to legislative efforts to powerful social media outreach utilizing the faces and voices of celebrities ranging from Sir Paul McCartney to Ellen DeGeneres to Archbishop Desmond Tutu.  It’s a trifecta advancing social change.  And it is working.

People are listening:  Over 200,000 people have watched this video since March and it’s still going strong.   Its Facebook page has over 120,000 “likes.”  People are paying attention.

HeathCliff Rothman is the group’s energetic founder and the life force behind “Everyone Matters.”   He knows what he’s talking about.  He challenges us to listen more closely.  He inspires us to get up off our couches and computer chairs and reach out to each other, rather than judge each other for what we’re wearing, who we love or where we go to church.  Let’s tune in because he’s really onto something big.

 

 Monday, June 10, 2013 on The Breaking Free Show,
Heathcliff Rothman was our guest.  You can watch the archived show at http://bambuser.com/v/3657544 

It was heart beating good. Enjoy!