Our Journey…Our Stories
The idea behind One Sojourner is simple. It’s storytelling: My stories, your stories, our stories. Unlike our lives, stories are not chained by time. They deserve to be told, retold, and preserved.
Like the front porch, kitchen or dinner table, fireplaces in our homes, or corner barber shop or bar in our towns, One Sojourner is a community to share the stories of our lives.
Articles, podcasts, boards, chats, or podcasts…the medium varies. Yet, in the end, it’s all storytelling.
Our individual and collective stories are the living and breathing reflections of us, who we were and are, as well as who we want to be. They are food for thought, reflection, and learning. Stories are inspirational fuel.
Our stories are generational fire gifted from one to the next. Yet, as the baton transitions from one wrinkled, weathered hand to youth’s strength and vigor, our torch remains lit only if there are courageous tellers of tales to give sound to their own experiences and voices to the unheard or unremembered.
Limitless options and opportunities exist on how and where we choose to spend our time. Internet-based media consumption is no different.
eMedia over-consumption can be problematic as a continual source of noise, distraction, and time-waster. Planting our faces and focus devices without balance may gift the illusion of real connections and relationships. Yet, it quicksands us into our own individual, isolated world. We can become lonely, sick and disconnected.
One Sojourner seeks to harness the power of today’s communications platforms to connect to and with people in a positive and fulfilling manner in order to foster, understanding, knowledge, growth and service.
Community is the antidote to the disease of disconnect.
Connect in meaningful ways through the sharing of stories, ideas, and thoughts that translate into self-understanding and improvement, understanding others, and developing more meaningful relationships in our very real world.
Share Globally. Act, Serve Locally
One Sojourner is a community dedicated to investing in ourselves and in the lives of others. As we accomplish our mission, we are equipped to live more fully and serve more intently in our local communities and strengthen the relationships that matter most: Our families, friends, and neighbors.
All of us experience challenges in key areas of our lives. Whether at work or home, personal or interpersonal, life deals us seasons of struggle as well as triumph.Your voice, ideas, opinions, experiences, health, challenges and decisions matter.
Of course, all of these matter for you and your loved ones. However, they matter in how you can use them to help others.
On this big orb we all call home, the fact is there are others in seasons of struggle, challenged with the same or similar situations you’ve fought through.
In all its diversity, our hopes, challenges, and victories have similarities and sameness. It’s a part of being human. Where there is similarity of experience in the face of a challenge, there is also hope and an opportunity to help.
At One Sojourner, you can help by engaging and sharing your experiences. Everyone needs a helping hand at some point. You have the opportunity to lend one, or alternately, to have one extended to you in the form of sharing experiences.
What One Sojourner Isn’t
We are not, nor will ever aspire to be:
- Facebook, Snapchat or Instagram. All of these are great ideas materialized and grown into great services which have made many well deserving, talented people wealthy. One Sojourner will leave it up to those, and subsequent waves of, very talented individuals to grab the brass ring of their choice.
- A community providing, nor acting as a substitute for, professional treatment of any kind, marital, medical, psychological, or otherwise. A physician or counseling by a trained professional should be contacted if those services are require
One Sojourner is simple: Storytelling for the sake of ourselves, others, and the tales.
Have Stories to Tell?
Be a teller of tales and join us on One Sojourner! Simply let us know by reaching out on our Contact Us page.
Join the Journey!
Sharing stories while exploring life with some lessons learned and laughs along the way is the focus of my journey. If you choose to join me, I hope you find the same….and more.
From one sojourner to another on the many roads we travel, I wish you all the best.
Many, many miles stand between here and somewhere.
JM Hess | One Sojourner | Storyteller
Husband. Father. Full-time IT leader and part-time creative. Gratitude practitioner and servant leader living a life that matters.
Storyteller preserving the tales of our time and the people who inspire them.