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  • Jamie E. shared a letter in the Group logo of Current EventsCurrent Events group 1 month, 1 week ago

    The energy from Niagara Falls

    For anyone that’s visited Niagara Falls for the 1st time I’m sure it left a lasting impression on your life of travel. We use the term awesome often in many daily comments but Niagara Falls has the ultimate hold my beer stance. This was my 4th visit to the Falls ( 2 on the Canadian side, 2 on the New York side) and I can tell you this one was the most meaningful. It was different because this was the 1st trip for my 3 daughters to experience the beauty and the power of the Falls but that’s not what sets this visit apart from the other 3.

    This week Lauren, I know your topic of conversation for your weekly meeting was regarding mental health and your feelings of feeling nervous being out in recent crowds of people. As you were conducting your weekly meeting I was literally in one of those crowds. I’m here to tell you and anyone that reads this that you should have confidence in our society and the joys we all can bring each other. There’s 2 things that stood out to me during our visit.

    1) Diversity

    It was so special to me to see the amount of different nationalities and language barriers that were interacting and such a positive manner. From taking pictures of each other’s families so everyone can get into the picture to general common courtesy of waiting in lines, elevators or museum stores. I’d say I heard more languages other than English during the length of are visit and even though I didn’t understand it one thing that’s translate to all of us is a simple smile. I’ve been to NYC but that visit didn’t impact me the same way this one did.

    2) Police presence

    With the amount of tragic events that get covered by the media and recently in near by Buffalo you’d think there’d be a tight security presence in such a popular tourist spot visited by the world at and near the border. I can tell you during our 3 days there when we were reflecting back on the last night we could remember even seeing a police officer. Yes we saw park personnel and security inside the casino but other than that we didn’t notice any police at all.

    The social interactions of all the different groups of people from all around the world was such a positive experience for me and I hope the other families felt the same way. Maybe the energy that radiates from the water provides a power of positivity that’s next level. Maybe it was getting baptized by the Falls at the Cave of the Winds or on the Maid of the Mist with hundreds of my new closest friends or what but I just want everyone to know to get out there and have confidence that life is about community. If we were supposed to be alone then we would’ve been born to this planet one life at a time. We were meant to be together. Life is worth its risks and if you focus on its joys instead of its worries then you’re truly living free which is great for your physical and mental health.

    All my best to all of yours,

    Jamie Ellifritz

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    • Aww @jfritz I love this. It is so nice to hear about the beauty in the world. I love Niagara Falls. While the world feels so scary right now, there are still so many beautiful people and places that offer us both peace and happiness. I, too, have many positive memories going to Niagara Falls and reading your letter made me think about going there with both my parents and my best friend. My best friend lost $600 in the casino on the Canadian side, so he might not have as good of memory of our time their as I do lol. But that is not important :). You’re right thought, our time here is all about community. It’s about people. It ‘s about LOVE and CONNECTION. <3. Thank you for sharing. – Lauren

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      • I knew this would hit home with you from your NY days. This story really was just a small part of what I was privileged to witness and be a part of. One of my favorite sporting events is the Olympics and it’s not just because of the games. It’s watching the pure joy of so many from around the world together in one place celebrating a common interest during the opening and closing ceremonies. That’s where my head was at thinking that this is as close as I would get to being in that moment.

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        • I love the Olympics too. I always liked all the stories, which isn’t surprising. I was inspired by the hard work, determination and relentless spirits of all the athletes. I always wanted to take their guts and determination and some how apply it to my life and my passions. Their stories made me believe anything is possible in life!

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          • I believe you’ve already applied that relentless determination towards your life. Your passion is already reflected in your work where you’ve built your business from your dream into our reality as a community. The best part is that The Unsealed is unfinished and you’re making it grow one great story at a time. Your genuine authenticity of caring glows in every piece you do. Keep sharing your light and we’ll keep following and supporting you. As a humanitarian, you’re already on the medal stand. 🥇

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            • awww thank you. You have no ideas how helpful your words are. Building a business is no joke. It’s tough. But it’s comments like this one that tell me “Keep going. Keep pushing. This is meant for you.” Thank you for believing in me and believing in The Unsealed. It means more than words can express. with love, Lauren

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