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Finding Common Ground


These four year old girls understand that they are more alike than different.

Aren’t we all?

What might the world be like if we learned to recognize the vastness of our common ground while cherishing our diversity?


Sunflower w address

In other good news, today is my birthday! I’ve been breathing air on this beautiful planet for 62 years.  My how time flies! I hope to go for a walk this afternoon and get pad thai and basil rolls for dinner tonight tonight. 🙂

What’s your good news? Feel free to share in the comments.

Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

27 thoughts on “Finding Common Ground

  1. Thanks for passing on this beautiful story! And congratulations on your special day – many happy returns. 😎

  2. Happy Birthday. You look much younger. You sound much younger. No wonder you are so wise. LOL. I really liked this video. I often want everyone to be just like me. I am challenged to enjoy and delight in the diversity. This reminded me that we are all not that different. I think we do share the same soul.

    • Thank you, Scott. To be honest, my WP profile pic is a few years old. My FB pic is current though. I understand about wanting people to be like me. Maybe, for me it’s about affirmation. But I also know we need diversity. Our souls are surely connected, overlapping, the same. Beautiful, honest comment.

  3. Happy Birthday, JoAnna!! Beautiful video!

  4. I hope you have a wonderful birthday!

  5. Reblogged this on Blogging with Regina.

  6. I hope you have a wonderful and stupendous Birthday!!! Your blogs, as always, are inspiring!!! I wanted to ask you if you’ve seen the movie Letters to Juliet? It is a beautiful movie of long lost love found!! A brief description just in case you haven’t seen it: A woman travels to Verona, Italy and at Juliet Capulet’s residence, people come from all over to leave letters to Juliet, asking her advice on their love lives. The star of the movie, Amanda Seyfried, finds a letter left 50 years ago and the society that collects and responds to the letters encourages her to write a response. The woman who wrote it, played by Vanessa Redgrave, comes to Verona and together they track down the man she had to leave behind. I was fascinated by this movie and went online to see if the society was real. Turns out, it is; it’s called the Secretaries of Juliet. What was also interesting about this was that I discovered that Ms. Redgrave was married in real life to the man who plays her lost love in the movie! Even more interesting is that they met in 1967, had a brief relationship and then went their separate ways. Then, 39 years later, they reunited and got married! I had to smile to myself and say, “Mmm…that reminds me of someone else’s story.” I was thinking about you and your reunion with your love!! It was an interesting coincidence and definitely inspiring, considering that I have been reunited with my lost love from 20 years ago. We have some hurdles to overcome if we’re going to have a second chance and every day I want to give up. A lot of strange things have been happening to encourage me to keep fighting. God works in mysterious ways, I know I don’t have to tell you!! But what has really helped has been stories like yours, and now Vanessa Redgrave’s, that keep me hopeful and inspired to not give up!! If you haven’t seen the movie, I totally recommend it! Also, I have your book on my Christmas list – I can’t wait to read it!!

    • It does my heart much good to read this. God does work in mysterious and wonderful ways. 39 years! 20 years! When the time is right, we come back together to work through the issues needing work when we are ready, as we are ready, one step at a time. I’m saying a prayer for you, Georgianne, wishing you strength and courage, and peace. I will definitely look up the movie. Thanks for having my book on your list. Let me know what you think of it. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and experience!

  7. A beautiful example to all of us know-it-all adults.

  8. Happy Birthday JoAnna, wish you a beautiful day 😀

  9. Belated Happy Birthday! I hope it was a blessed and lovely day!

  10. Bonjour mon ami amie JOANNA
    Juste un sourire pour toi
    Je le laisse sortir de mon cœur
    C’est un sourire en douceur
    il va éclairer ton visage

    Je le partage avec tous mes amis amies
    de celui ou celle qui le reçois
    peu importe son âge
    il le rendra heureux ou heureuse
    Alors pour toi mon ami amie

    je te fais encore un beau sourire
    pour te souhaiter une bonne journée ou soirée



  11. Beautiful example of real love !!! Thank for sharing with us

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