“And suddenly you know: It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.”
― Meister Eckhart
Since publishing our first Geography of Connection map last week, what has been especially thrilling for me is seeing how the map continues to resonate with people. I’ve loved reading every one of your comments—both on the blog and across social media—and one contributor named Gayle even wrote about it on her blog here.
And then yesterday, during a quick visit to Twitter, I noticed the map had been shared by WordPress Discover—a part of the popular blogging software that highlights interesting stories by WordPress users. Curious, I clicked through to Discover’s homepage and saw that sure enough, our map of connections had been featured there, too.
It was such a fun surprise and honor to see these mentions from WordPress:
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Now, one week later, I can’t help thinking:
Let’s make some more maps, shall we?
But! I’m going to need your help again…
1. This time, let’s narrow our focus on Asia. I can’t wait to hear your story from any corner of the continent, be it from Mongolia or Malaysia, Tibet or Taiwan. (I know it’s a big continent, but know that I welcome your stories from any region of Asia.)
2. I’d also like to invite you to focus especially on stories of connection. The stories you shared last time about the encounters and connections you’ve made around the world were so moving to read, it feels important to keep highlighting this theme.
3. Finally, I would love your help with one more thing—would you be able to help me share this call-out for stories? If you know someone who’s been to Asia, feel free to send them this link. I would love to include as many voices and experiences as possible as this project keeps evolving.
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And because everything’s more fun with a giveaway…
In keeping with our focus on Asia, this time I’m excited to give away two copies of my own book about the region, Beneath the Lantern’s Glow: Sketches and Stories from Southeast Asia and Japan. To enter, all you need to do is:
1. Leave a comment below, sharing your story of connection from Asia.
2. Please leave your comment by noon EST next Thursday, the 15th of December, and I’ll choose two winners at random then.
3. And I want to mention again that I’ll be happy to ship the books anywhere in the world, so if you’re reading this from outside the U.S., I hope you won’t hesitate to enter.
I’ll be eagerly awaiting your stories, friends! The ones you shared two weeks ago have been an incredible spark of inspiration for me, so I can’t wait to keep watching this project grow.
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