Tonight after the workshop we headed straight to the north of France to have dinner with a group of photographers. Those of you that know me know that I need time to get away, time alone to refresh and I really haven't had that in a couple of weeks now. So I admit I didn't go into tonight with the best attitude.
So we arrived - looked over some photos and then had a nice dinner. Near the end of dinner a photographer came up and through some broken English and some translation shared the struggles she's having being a young female photographer. I was taken back. It's hard for me to relate, understand or try and give advice in some situations but somehow Jean, me, and Vanessa were able to really encourage her.
And what I realized was that this is something that every single person in the world can do. Ya see it didn't take any background or special knowledge or understanding...all it took was the willingness to get over myself and be fully there with her. We all have the power to lift people up and it can really change their world... and I can't remember a time I've felt the way I did after that conversation. Seeing hope in her eyes was such a gift to me.