3 Ways to Offer our Life Story Well
In his book, Let Your Life Speak, Parker Palmer talks about his noble ambitions to live up to a high standard by observing great lives and emulating the loftiest of ideals. However, in his quest to achieve a high standard of living, he realized how false his life began to feel. In his words he had “simply found a noble way to live a life that was not my own, a life spent imitating heroes instead of listening to my heart.”
What does it mean to listen to our own hearts and live the life that only we are meant to live?
1-We take the time to pull away and listen to the whispers of our hearts.
What is important to me? How am I aligning my time and resources to listen to my heart well?
2-We honor all that we have lived and anticipate more story yet to be written.
How do I honor my failings and my successes? How do I get to use what I have lived to finish writing my story well? What is my best to offer the world? What am I anticipating?
3-We OWN the responsibility of writing our life stories and intentionally offering it back. Where do I need more support for the story I want to offer? How do I want to finish well? What is the legacy I want to leave? How is Divine Love guiding my story? What is blocking me?
Why is it so important to be intentional about writing our life stories well and offering it back?
Because just like our own unique fingerprints…so is the story for your life. The world is waiting for you to show up and offer your story well.
I learned this life lesson well teaching in East L.A. With a low socio-economic at-risk community of middle school children, I was hired to teach English. As I learned to trust my intuition by incorporating the arts and integrating the right side of their brain to both soothe their spirit as well as energize their creative thinking, I watched the test scores go up. I witnessed a population that had consistently failed begin to succeed at high rates. What if I had passed over this position? What if I had ignored my instinct to incorporate art? What if I had dismissed the whispers of my heart to find creative ways to support the journey of these children?
We each have the joy of living fully present with our lives to offer the story that only we can offer.
My heart is with you and for you as you step nobly into your story and offer it to our world, Heather