My good friend Beth Gallagher hipped me to this video produced by a group called Soul Pancake. They constructed a ball-pit in the middle of a busy city and put up a sign reading, “Take a seat, Make a friend”, and filmed interactions between people brave enough to participate. What ensues is beautiful.
For me this video speaks to the simplicity of human interaction. It speaks to the genesis of any relationship…the invitation. In this video, the ball-pit acts as the invitation. Fun, innovative, clever and probably a bit impractical. However, we can all be fun, innovative and clever. We all have this invitation inside of us. We all have the capacity to invite others into our lives. To ask someone “What’s you story?”
The ball-pit represents the ability to stop. Stop our ‘busy’ lives, take a seat and ponder what really matters. We all inherently belong to each other. We all need each other. We all should know each other. Tom Kohler says, “We need to get over each other and get with each other.” How true!
When I enter into philosophical thoughts (it happens), I always try to think of what the practical application may be. What is my invitation? A ball-pit? Sure. A frisbee? Absolutely. It’s also an internal invitation. A challenge to myself to be open, welcoming and inviting at all times to humanity. A manifestation of what I believe to be the most important aspect of life. It is a practice I’m trying to embrace, live and teach my kids.
So I invite you to find your invitation. You never know, friendship could be just a ball-pit away…