there is nothing like the centering power of telling your story.
are you feeling hazy? disoriented? uncomfortable and disconnected?
it’s not the end-all-be-all… but it helps:
tell your story.
and i don’t mean just writing it out. that helps, too, of course. writing always helps.
but there’s power in staring another human in the face (or at their name in the ‘recipient’ box), and laying it all out – where you’ve come from, where you are now, and where you hope to be going.
my name is ana. i have walked barefoot through classrooms at the university, with goofy grins on my face, and real and imagined wind in my hair. i have come through hazy winters, and down from lonely mountaintops. i am walking now through something richer, but hazy still, and sometimes lonely, too. i want to walk through forests. i want to dive deep into dark and dangerous oceans of the kind of grace and love that kills religion and kills pretense. i want to be who i am and nothing more, nothing less. i want to walk with jesus, his name always on my lips, and his love closer than my breath.
that is the story of who i am. or a part of it at least.
and let me tell you – sharing that with you felt good.
now it’s your turn.
find a human to look in the eyes and share your story with them. feel the awe and gratitude seep softly into you as you remember how uniquely wonderful and hard and beautiful the road has been. be in awe of grace and kindness. be in awe of the absolutely magical being you are.
and, if you like, you can share with me too at firstname.lastname@example.org. i’d love to hear your story.