Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.
― Mother Teresa
Dear friends, please forgive my very extended break. In the coming months I’ll be sharing with you some of the reasons I needed the break that I took, but right now I’d like to share with you the new and exciting changes that will be taking place here at eat stories like grapes!
We’ll no longer be doing things in a “story-a-week” sort of format. There is SO much more to what “story” means than these polished, structured narratives, with their beginnings, their middles, and their endings. While I have thoroughly enjoyed telling you the stories that I’ve told you, and I don’t regret a single one of them, I am also very much ready to move on. Going forward, I’ve opted for a format and mission that will, I hope, foster more of a sense of community among us all.
First, the mission. Here at eat stories like grapes, we will be talking about life in terms of the stories we live. We will be focusing in on what it means to live life as a meaningful narrative. As I alluded to before, I’ve had a full year. It has, in some ways, been an extremely challenging year, and in other ways it has been a year of blessings and new adventures. I am grateful for the challenges that have thrust me forward into action, and I’m excited to share with you the things I’ve learned and the things I’m still working on.
In this new chapter of the blog, we will be talking about slowing down enough to recognize beauty in our lives and in the world that surrounds us. We’ll be learning what it means to live life unconventionally and to use the freedoms we have to craft a better existence for ourselves and our communities. We’ll be waking up to some new ideas, digging up some old ones, sharing our own personal stories, asking the difficult questions and, basically, doing life together.
We are, each one of us, significant characters in the complex story of humankind. We make choices that affect the trajectory of our own lives and play a role in the all-encompassing story of the universe. Starting here, starting now, starting with whatever chapter of life we find ourselves in at any given moment, let us pause together to consider the state of our own individual stories.
Here we will be acknowledging “life as narrative.” We will be slowing down enough to let our story live, and we will be recognizing that a beautiful story is not one with impeccable characters and a fast-paced plot, but one that is real, one that touches on the very things our souls are craving.
And now, the format. I have made very few rules for myself here, in terms of blog structure and posting schedule. This is my place to share things which I think will bring value to your life, and to share them as honestly and openly as possible. I’ve intentionally left it very open ended, because that’s what I need right now in this chapter of my life, and perhaps it’s what you all need as well.
I will be talking about some big-picture things, such as physical and emotional wellness, minimalism, simplicity, etc. I’ll be talking about some of my day-to-day thoughts and activities, such as my family’s current home building project, what I’m reading, what I’m cooking, and what it looks like when some of those big-picture topics are applied to real life. I’ll also be getting into some practicals: expect a few recipes, some “tips and tricks,” things along those lines.
Really, what I’m trying to say is, I’m not holding myself to any strict format or theme here. There are enough areas in my life where I do that. This is my drawing board, my safe place, my doodle pad. This is where I share myself with you.
A few last thoughts before I close up shop for the day. Friends, there is a revolution at hand. There is a revolution against the “cult of speed” (Carl Honore coined this phrase… I highly recommend his book, In Praise of Slowness). I want to be a part of this revolution that says S-L-O-W D-O-W-N. Our lives are more than lists and schedules; we have more to acquire than accomplishments and material possessions. This blog is as much for me as it is for you. My life is racing. Living life simply and slowing down does not come naturally to me, but I am trying. Please join me. Share of yourself where you see a need you can fill and, if you will, let me help you where you need it; let the words I use speak to your heart.
Above, I’ve posted a picture of the land my family is closing on this coming Friday. Like this land, this blog is ready for change. It is ready to be dug up and built upon. It is ready for new growth. It is ready to bring forth new life. Perhaps from its own gardens it will someday provide sustenance for my family. But more importantly, it will be a meeting place for friends and loved ones, a community-minded place. It will be the setting of a meaningful and rich story. Now let us begin.