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The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows defines the word Sonder as “the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.”

Join me, Rien MacDonald, as I explore this idea in The Hope Initiative, a podcast dedicated to every day humans; their dreams, success, fears and failures, with the view to provide hope for people in times of need.

The Hope Initiative Rien MacDonald

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7, 32 Ratings

The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows defines the word Sonder as “the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.”

Join me, Rien MacDonald, as I explore this idea in The Hope Initiative, a podcast dedicated to every day humans; their dreams, success, fears and failures, with the view to provide hope for people in times of need.

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

JayMel18 ,

Fresh, Fun and Raw Reality

Looking at starting my own podcast and came across this in my R&D, absolutely love this real snap shot of everyday people's lives. Rien offers a really humble, compassionate and curious interview style which is very endearing. Easy to listen to, heart warming and uplifting. Keep up the great work!

megssyy21 ,

Quality listening!

I was hooked on this series by episode 2. The choice of guest and topics continues to be interesting and fresh. It’s not another podcast that takes it's queues from the news or social media, Rien has made creativity his priority and inspiring listeners his goal. I look forward to hearing more!

j fairs ,

Obsessed.

I’ve become obsessed with this podcast. The way Rien conducts the interview is soo beautifully well done and respectful that you just feel good and interested from the start.
I love that each interview, story or topic is going to be something completely different but I will always still end up motivated and inspired by the amazing ‘everyday’ people who don’t necessarily get a chance to tell their story.
So excited for this podcast and all the interviews to come!! 👏🏼

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