Thursday, November 13, 2014

the breathing room :: stories

Last October I reserved this blog space for sharing stories.  In the process I found myself and others beginning to breath strong and deep again.

Sharing our stories gives us breathing room.

On January 25, in a stunningly beautiful dairy barn nestled in the gardens of a 100 year old Victorian homestead Emily and I will show up to share some of our stories with you.  We will speak and sing ours into microphones but other brave souls will tell theirs
on a big screen or
across the dinner table or
in quiet corners.

The Breathing Room will be filled with stories.

There was a time when I wrote the stories of my life in a journal meant for no other eyes than mine.  There was value in writing hidden stories, but over the years I have found greater value in letting others take a peek inside.  Today one of the most valuable uses of my time is in speaking my stories out loud and inviting others to do the same.

This is why I believe stories are so important...

{originally published October 2013}
My story isn't really very interesting.  It's nothing special.
We were two hours into a four hour road trip when we decided to exchange stories...and that was my friend's response.
As it turns out, she misjudged her story.

Not interesting?
Nothing special?

As she unpacked the history of her life, tears came...not just her tears, but mine too.
Uninteresting, 'nothing special' stories don't dip into the wells of our hearts to bring forth the weeping.
I think what my friend may have meant to say was this...
my story is not important.

But she knew I would disagree.

Our friends would never allow us to believe that our stories are unimportant...that our lives don't matter.
But we believe it sometimes, don't we?
We couldn't possibly have anything in our own story that is worth sharing.

Or perhaps she really did believe that her story was dull and common until she actually spoke it all aloud...until she saw it in its entirety.

I have met people who have lived some of the most beautiful stories written - riveting ones.  And yet in nearly every case they initially suggested that they weren't sure if their story was really anything special...anything of interest.

But the truth is this...
every one of their stories has changed me in some way.
Changed the way I see the world.
Changed the way I engage others.
Changed the way I choose to live my own story.

A story that's not worth telling doesn't change a thing.

Your story is important because it has the power to change.

And sometimes the greatest change of all happens in your own heart...when you finally share it.

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