A few years ago, I wanted a way to introduce ordinary greatness to the world. My idea was to start a podcast where I talk with regular people I had the good fortune of meeting, who I'd discovered in the course of a conversation, had actually done some pretty amazing things.
Then I went on the road with my husband. Instead of putting my intent on hold, I figured out how to record from the comfort of my very boisterous hotel. The biggest surprise was how many awesome people I would meet simply by starting a conversation in the laundry room or by asking someone who worked there a few questions.
Recently, I read an article at NPR.org called, “Want To Feel Happier Today? Try Talking To A Stranger.” There are times when I felt very alone in that hotel. But I can attest that NPR is definitely onto something.
These are stories.
Told by the people who lived them.
But ordinary people aren't always comfortable having their story recorded, especially when it could be shared with the world. In Common Luminaries, you'll hear from those who, in spite of their reservations, were generous with their time and decided to embrace the wonderful quote from Neale Donald Walsh that states: