Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life telling me who I am. Parker Palmer
I have been listening…trying one idea after another.
Yes you have.
But other people seem so certain about themselves.
Haven’t you felt that way before?
Yeah, then life steps in and mixes things up, leaving me with doubts and a shaky foundation. Then I wonder if I’m really who I think or say I am.
Who are you today?
A bunch of questions and ideas. Listen…I have this idea…I could write the Palmer quote in a little notebook and go about my day. A gardening seminar, lunch with a friend, some reading, a trip to the grocery store…and those words would be right there, like a foundation for the day. Pretty much what I do with this blog. But then tonight before I go to bed I’d do a timed writing going back to the quote as my topic to see what happened.
You know when I say these things out loud, they really sound silly.
Silly? It sounds to me like something you want to try. Go ahead and do it. Let me know how it goes.
- Parker Palmer, from Let Your Life Speak… (nonwritersnarrative.wordpress.com)