Clare works in a travel agency in a small town. She tells a story about a lady who had to leave where she was staying and was looking for new accommodation. Everything in the town appeared to be booked out. Rather than giving up, Clare persisted, eventually finding something with the assistance of a neighbouring shop.
For Clare, the story reflects just how much she appreciates connection to other people. It also reflects how deeply she values people.
“People are important and need to feel like they are cared for and connected to the rest of society.”
In childhood, her parents frequently took in foster children, exchange students, and strays who just needed somewhere to stay. Clare believes this has powerfully influenced her.
“My parents always put people before money and before possessions.”
Clare acknowledges that this approach to the world can lead to her feeling as though others sometimes take advantage of her, and that she can have trouble saying no. For the joys that connection and helping bring her, however, Clare remains committed to her spirit of openness and making room for others.
“I’m always willing to give things a go and assume the best in people.”