If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.-—Joseph Campbell

Owning the Story

Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.
― Brené Brown

How do we really know “our” story while we’re in the middle of living it?

Most of the time I can only take note of what I think I see and hear and how I feel and what I’m thinking.  It seems to take time and distance to pull much of this together.

Oh, I think, this is what I thought I saw.  This is the way I heard it.  And this is the way I felt and thought because that’s how I was feeling and thinking at that time.

So I will keep paying attention to what is happening around me and within me and trust the process.

This morning I left the house at 6:30 to drive to a school 45 miles away.  My stomach was nervous.  The last time I went to a school in this vicinity I got lost.  Is that what I was thinking about?  I don’t know.  I noted the experience.

Now I’m home writing reflections about the class I visited.  I have new energy and ideas about what I am learning from these writings.

Be vulnerable, Laura.  Take the risks.  It’s about your story.  The one you’re still writing.


Comments on: "Owning the Story" (7)

  1. I absolutely love this!

  2. I have started rewriting my story. When I struggled with deciding on divorce, my friend asked me a simple question. “What story do you want to tell at the end of your time?”

  3. Hi! I just posted one of your quotes on my FB page (with a link here) – hopefully it brings some people to your great blog here…thanks for what you do!

  4. Margarita said:

    I love the idea of starting with a quote. And I absolutely love Brené Brown. Thanks for this post. 🙂

  5. Love that you have found Brene Brown too. She is a great inspiration & her YouTube Ted talk on vulnerability is still something I return to from time to time. Owning our stories is such a powerful tool for transformation – great to read about your experience.

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