I remember all those years ago when I first saw his name pop up on my email list for Beautiful Summer Morning Newsletter. The newsletter was very small, just getting started and only a few people subscribed. Jitendra Kumar Biswal subscribed and then made a few comments on my posts. His encouragement kept me going. We friended each other on Facebook, and eventually we talked via Skype. We talked back and forth a few times, and we’ve always stayed in touch. As we learned more about each other I became very aware that Jitendra was one of those people who naturally dreamed big. He often talked about setting up community spiritual communities all over the world, and his original ideas for that reside in a folder on my computer to this day.
I’ve watch as this man has move progressively forward in his dream, I’ve celebrated some of his successes along the way, but nothing compares to his accomplishments recently when he became the first quadriplegic actor, at least in the Indian film world. He plays himself in a true story about love. I’ve included the trailer here for you to watch. It has over 100,000 views on YouTube.
When ever I think I can’t do something I think of Jitendra and take courage and inspiration from him.
We been friends now for over ten years. I have a standing invitation to visit him at his home in India should I ever venture in that direction.
We were drawn together by social media, and his strength and courage constantly remind me to dream big.
I could have told the story of another friend in Uganda, or this brilliant artist who I’m friends with in New Zealand, or the people I’ve meet through social media that have become friends, coaches, and mentors. Social media are changing the face of the world. Facebook is the third largest nation on earth. I don’t need to cross a border, or carry a passport to chat with them. Those artificialities continue to loose power in our new connected world.
I am sure that you have a story of a friendship or relationship to share with all our readers here. It could be a business or personal relationship. Use the comment section below to tell your story about how social media has help you make that special connection or inspired your business.
I’m really looking forward to your story.