Our encounters with strangers matter. They teach us to be open. To share the joy of being alive. To listen and learn. To find points of connection. They remind us of our own humanness. They remind us of everyone else’s humanness. They remind us we have more in common with other people than all the things that make us different.

Our encounters don’t need to be big or grand to make a difference to the people we meet. Short encounters can have our hearts singing for days.

In this episode, I share what I learned from my encounters last week with 5 strangers on a beach in Santa Monica, California. I start with the story of a stranger on a swing. Enjoy.


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I’m a former international tax lawyer and senior partner of Ernst & Young in Toronto, where I serviced banks and other large multinationals and led a large group of professionals.

My life expanded when I left the law in 2014 to learn how to paint, something I’d always dreamt of doing, but had no reason to believe was possible for me. After a couple years of painting and selling my work, I became passionate about helping other people who yearn to feel more personally fulfilled, invigorated and soul connected in their lives every day, and I became certified as a life coach.

I now spend my time painting, coaching, and creating live events at GRACE Studio (more formally, the “George Russell Academy of Creative Expansion”) in beautiful Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada. And, of course, producing this podcast for you.