Narrative Challenge

Narrative Challenge: The 1 Page Auto-Biography Telling our personal stories or narratives to others is important.  Our lives matter and we each have wisdom to share. However, when we tell someone our stories, we have an agenda (good/bad/meh) which informs how we tell them and what details we include, what we emphasize and what we glide past.…Details

Tho’ Much Is Taken

I will drink Life to the lees: All times I have enjoy’d Greatly, have suffer’d greatly, both with those That loved me, and alone, on shore, and when Thro’ scudding drifts the rainy Hyades Vext the dim sea: I am become a name; For always roaming with a hungry heart Much have I seen and known; cities of men And manners, climates, councils, governments, Myself not least, but honour’d of them all; And drunk delight of battle with my peers, Far on the ringing plains of windy Troy.…Details

Stuck On How

Life can be very much like a puzzle. There are all these things that need to get done, that we want to get done, that we should get done, and of course there are the things we call our real life which is the reason we’re doing all these things, but somehow all the things get in the way of the real life so we never really have it. …Details

Put Down the Stick

People think that they don’t measure up.  They aren’t meeting the goals that determine whether they are a success or a failure, that define their self-worth, that make for a “happy life” and so something must be wrong with them. Many times they can number those wrong things in great detail. …Details

The Bridge To Nowhere

The bigger a plan, the more it stretches out over time, the more there are pieces which are blank or we put question marks in them because at the moment we don’t know.  Sometimes this is just because we don’t yet have the time to really sit down and figure them out.…Details

Fractal Life

People think that following their path is a matter of finding the darn thing and then it will spool out in front of them and all they’ll have to do is walk it.  The focus is on the finding because somehow those wily paths in life are like Buggs Bunny and we’re Elmer Fudd. …Details

Controlling Change

Sometimes change is incremental.  Like age it covers miles one step at a time and we don’t really notice the journey until something points out that we’ve made it. When people talk about the change in their lives, the positive changes they’ve made, this is usually what they are referring to. …Details

Interpretations

Many times a problem lies not in the event that happened but in our interpretation of it. We are meaning making machines and a large part of our early years is spent in learning what things mean such as how our parents can know we were doing something (sound carries), why does my foot suddenly hurt (gravity/dropped toy, sharp object, angry insect), or why should I stay away from the stove (burning heat).…Details