You Don’t Know Me, But We’ve Met…

 I want to share a very inspiring story about my brother in law John.  You see I had known John for about 15 years and thought I knew him pretty well. He was a friendly, hardworking, quiet kind of guy who I had always enjoyed a few laughs with and enjoyed being around, but never really had any deep conversations with.  Well recently my sister sent me a text and asked if I had seen the poem John wrote and posted on Facebook.  I had not I replied, but I told her I would take a look.  When I got around to reading his post, what I found left me very touched, inspired and blown away.  John’s authentic poem shared a lot about himself…his thoughts, his inner work and his own path of wanting to improve himself.  I suppose it touched me so much because I totally felt the raw authenticity behind it and felt a kindred spirit who also was dealing with a similar issue.  I myself have struggled with being totally open about and sharing my life for others to see and judge.  I am at times a bit introverted just like John.  I am also a pretty private person.  Yet I feel like it is my life purpose to open up and share my stories in hopes of inspiring and helping others to move forward in their lives.  There is nothing more inspiring than seeing another person step out boldly and sharing something they are going through.  It gives the rest of us permission to do the same. Thank you John for your honesty.

You Don’t Know Me, But We’ve Met

When you walk into the room you never look shy

A spring in your step a gleam in your eye
I just can’t be like that, I don’t even know why
It’s not because I’m unwilling, or that I don’t try

A inherited trait, perhaps that much is true
You didn’t know my father, but he may have known you
For he was quite shy, but not at all sad
His name was Tom, but I called him dad

I’m trying to change, come out of my shell
Expose more to the world, but it’s tough as hell
Next time we meet, I’ll work harder to smile
Perhaps lower my defenses, even chat for a while

As I crawl toward the light, searching for that new lease
In the puzzle that’s called life, this is but the first piece.

John Andrew 2012

Copyright 2012 G. Brian Benson

Published by: gbrianbenson

Founder of Reawaken Media. Writer, multiple award-winning author, TEDx speaker, actor, filmmaker, storyteller, inspirational poet, radio personality, finisher of over 50 triathlons (including 4 Ironman distance races) and cross-country bicyclist. 2016 is already heating up for Brian as he he has a recurring part on the new TV show Sangre Negra, has been invited to give a TEDx talk in Pasadena at the end of May, was interviewed for the soon to be released documentary The Last Formula and will be releasing his new film short Searching for Happiness in early summer. In addition to acting in TV and film, Brian enjoys creating his own projects. In 2011 Brian created Guitar Man, a movie project that he wrote, produced and acted in that was filmed in downtown Reno, Nevada. The movie was written by Brian with the idea of sharing the messages ‘that we all have a lot in common’ and ‘that our true gifts reside within ourselves.’ Guitar Man was well received and was accepted to 11 movie festivals and was a winner at the Love Unlimited Film and Art Festival, won an honorable mention prize in the narrative short category at the 2011 Los Angeles Movie Awards as well as a Golden Reel Award from the Nevada Film Festival. Before Brian got into acting he authored four books, including Brian’s List – 26 1/2 Easy To Use Ideas on How to Live A Fun, Balanced, Healthy Life! which was the winner of a 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Award in the Self-Help category. Brian’s latest book Finding Your Voice was an award-winning Finalist in both the 2013 USA Book News and the Indie Excellence Book Awards. Brian lives in Los Angeles, California and will be releasing his first children's book "Steve the Alien" in late October of 2016. Visit Brian's website - www.gbrianbenson.com

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