October 17, 2014.
Yesterday afternoon, I received a message from the person I had written about on September 20, 2014 (Day 263). The message asked that for personal reasons, their story be removed.
Twice before, for different reasons, I've been asked to remove the photograph. My first and most important mandate is to be respectful of the people and the stories that are shared with me. In this case, I thought long and hard, and have decided that the correct thing to do in this instance, is to remove the story completely.
As in life, not everything goes as we hope, and it is how we react to the things that DO happen, that impact and measure the final outcome. Along the journey of this project, I have learned to be more fluid with my expectations, with outcomes and that not everything that happens, is about me personally.
When I started this project, I would have said I was already fluid, easy-going and open. Looking back, I see that there has been significant growth for me, in many areas of my life.
This is how Day 263 unfolded. I honour it, I respect and cherish the opportunity to have met another wonderful person, and I want to be mindful of their needs, more than my own wants. Thank you for sharing this journey with me.