Sunday, February 3, 2013

Listening is Dangerous!

February 3, 2013

Dear friends,

Your responses to last week’s blog have been thoughtful, insightful, and reassuring. There are bright, capable thinking people out there!! Your responses show me that I am fortunate that a significant number of you take time to read my blog, and, this week, to respond.

I am working on a personal response to each of you. Doing so requires some real thinking time on my part, all of which is accompanied by cognitive joy. (Is there such a thing? If not, we made it up here. Webster Dictionary folk take note.)

One of the most exciting aspects of your responses lies in your grasp of the purpose and function of stories. Bless you—you get it!! You really do get it.

This week while I am continuing to learn from your responses, I invite you to think with me about Barbara Brown Taylor’s understanding of our basic human need for stories—both the telling and the hearing.

She writes:
“A story creates a quiet place where one may lay down one’s defenses for a while. A story does not ask for a decision. Instead it asks for identification, which is how transformation begins.”
From the view point of the evil one, I think that good story telling is a subversive activity.

Consider: What if we told our stories—no matter if happy or sad, long or short, if climaxed in victory or by defeat—what if we told our stories with such truth and transparency that transformation sprang up everywhere?

See you next week.


P.S. I am indebted to one of you responders (a story teller herself) for Barbara Brown Taylor’s quote. Merci beaucoup, Lori.

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