I am changing things up a little bit. I’m starting a new journey. I’ve decided to get a little more serious about blogging and as a result, I’m going to steer things in a new direction. I’ve come to realize that while I am passionate about literature, the published novel is not the only form of story-telling out there, and I don’t want to limit myself to only writing about those stories which have become classics (though I DO love them, and their characters will still peek their heads into my blog from time to time). I don’t want to just read stories and react to them but to tell stories too— my own stories, and the stories of those around me.
Telling one story a week for the next year is part of a challenge I am making to myself to live a more intentional life, to slow things down, and to take time to reflect on my life and appreciate the gift of experience that my life has been blessed with. I’ve been putting this off for a while now, and finally realized that there is never going to be a perfect time to start slowing down. My responsibilities will not go away. In fact, I’m probably starting this at the craziest time possible. I have a toddler to take care of and am in my third trimester with my second little bambino. We’re heading into Spring/Summer, which in my family, is the “busy season” (a good busy, but busy indeed). Nonetheless, writing and reflecting is a passion of mine, and I find it important to cultivate that passion no matter what else is going on in my life.
I can attribute some of my inspiration for this challenge to a blog I read called Slow Your Home. Brooke and her husband, Ben, take on meaningful challenges which help them to slow down and appreciate life. While they live life slowly, they still manage to accomplish a lot and to contribute extensively to the world around them.
So here are the challenge details: one blog post telling a true story (or a part in a longer story “series”) will be posted each week on Wednesday mornings (EST), between now and April 2017.
While I take on this challenge of weekly story-telling, I also make a challenge to you. I challenge you to eat stories like grapes— to pluck them off one at a time and savor them, to appreciate the ways in which each one is fresh, and yet also the ways in which they are part of an ancient tradition of renewal and cultivation. Then let each story you hear change you from the inside, using its nutrients to energize and grow you. This takes focus, and an intentional slowing down of your mind.
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