"The healing medicine of story does not exist in a vacuum...There is an integrity to story that comes from a real life lived in it"
- Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes , Women Who Run With the Wolves
Our stories matter! They are crucial, binding, sometimes lifesaving and always always always...human. In order for our stories to matter, though, for them to be to be valuable and powerful... I deeply believe that they have to be told with authenticity, truth, clarity, love and the spirit of sharing.
(Storyteller, mixed media)
We can tell our stories in so many ways...through our craft (writing, painting, photography), the way we love, how we raise our children, the way in which we treat complete strangers. Every thought, feeling and action comes with it's own story...if we listen. We can then share, or not share, these deep truths; the choice is up to us. Storytelling is built into our very souls. It has a history as long as we have walked this earth. It crosses time-lines, cultures, generations...Stories are how we learn, construct knowledge, imagine, live. They give us a deep connection...to each other, to the Universe...to life. We all have a story...many stories. Sometimes there are stories inside of stories, old ones and new ones; some yet to be written. And they all matter.
*speaking of stories... my heart soared at the dramatic rescue of the 33 Chilean miners; they were trapped for 69 days!! Their story is nothing short of a miracle! When so much of the news is bleak and depressing...this is so heartwarming.