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I just finished reading Nobody, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. Wow. I couldn’t put it down. Not only was it an interesting story with strong characters and a good ending, but it was a fascinating look at the human psyche, and how we form our identities as human beings. Do we really look at each other, and see the wonder that is another person, a child of God with infinite possibilities? How many times do we go to the grocery store and just hurry down the aisle, intent on grabbing our cans of soup or bags of toilet paper, and someone walks by us pushing a cart, and we let our eyes slide past them, not willing to make eye contact? We have so many excuses. We’re too busy. We’re worried about our own trials. We are shy. What would happen if we actually looked that person in the eye and made contact? How little it would cost us to acknowledge the existence of another person, and how great might be the results. We might save someone’s life. We might brighten their day and ours. We might even make a friend.

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