This story or poem or prayer, whatever it is, was something I wrote down in my journal last year. I happened to stumble across it again the other day. I found it profoundly helpful to re-read. I thought you might enjoy it too. May it help give you perspective as you’re seeking to become who you are. … Read More WHAT IF… I FLY.
Answering the Invitation This time of the year begins to take on a slower feel for me. The outdoor chores fade from the green that bursts into life and demands attention into browns and grays and shorter days that offer a few more minutes of rest and an ebb to the normal flow. It’s a… Read More Answering the Invitation
It happened again. It was a beautiful, sunny, perfect day. I was relaxed and at rest on the couch and having a conversation with a great friend. And it happened… again. The conversation that morning began light and fun. But it took a subtle turn as the conversation drifted into deeper water (difficult issues about life and struggles and… Read More Fruit And Mirrors (The Benefits of Checking Your Blind-Spots)
My friends and I recently returned from hosting our 4th LIFEQUESTweekend event. (I’ve posted previously about these events.) We love doing these events and hope they change lives, mine included! As any person who takes on the role of a “guide” or “teacher” or “public speaker” will tell you, what we’re really offering is our lives.… Read More What does it mean to “Rescue The Beauty”?
If you’ve followed my blog recently and read my previous postings “Bringing Our Unique Self to the Surface” and “A Powerful Grip” you’ll know from where this next story comes. Let me say right off, the LoveGodLovePeopleLiveFree.com blog is not really a “short story” forum. It is about finding life and freedom by living out… Read More One Last Letter for Christmas (A Short Story)
It was 4am. Much, much too early to be awake. Maybe if you’re a truck driver or cop or a baker this is normal, but for me it is when I am supposed to be deep asleep. But there l lay in my bed – 4am – awake. I was right at that point of… Read More Bringing Our Unique Self To The Surface
I’m reading a book published a few years ago, “What the Dog Saw”, by Malcolm Gladwell. I love these quirky books about what makes people and society tick. So, as I’m reading a chapter in this book about “LATE BLOOMERS” it hits me how true this is true for so many of us. Whether or… Read More Discovering the glory of ‘Late Bloomers’
So… how’s your story been?
If you’ve followed this blog for any length of time you know that “STORY” is a central theme. And as I write this, I can’t help but think how obvious it must seem to say that. I mean, we all live in a story. Our lives are filled with stories… stories about how this or that went… how we made the team… or didn’t… stories of how things went at work today… or what your next adventure will be. We all live in stories. But oh how easy it is to forget the impact of all that this means…… Read More How’s your story doing?
When did you last experience joy? The kind that stirs something deep inside you.… Read More Core Desire
A Great Question
I’ve been reading Donald Miller’s book, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. It has been immensely challenging… and encouraging. I can’t shake the simple truth of it — a story is a character that wants something and overcomes conflict to get it. That line, “wants something” has been haunting me. I can’t let go of it. Miller is right — a clear desire is at the heart of every great story. Every hero I can think of has this in common. Every quest ever undertaken succeeded only because they had it — they know what they want. And, the question about what I want has kicked my butt. Try it out for yourself, you’ll see what I mean.
I began considering the question at a 30,000 foot level. I want… to be a good person… to be kind and loving to others… to teach and serve… to be generous… to encourage and inspire… and maybe somehow my life will change the world. Wow… WAY too broad… and at 30,000 feet it also feels really underwhelming. But it dawned on me… every story has sub-plots, smaller stories that are lived out as part of the larger story. Yes, I want to change the world!… but I’ve got to take a first step.
… Read More Living a Story that Matters (Part 2)