We must risk the journey to a higher ground where there
is freedom from the gravitational pull of our stories,
the pull that comes from years of trying to prove that
the stories we tell ourselves, the ones we've made up,
are the truth. - Author: Debbie Ford
How do we know if the stories we tell ourselves are made up if we don’t know who occupies the higher ground?
A friend once said that the truth is what we believe, I disagreed. The Truth isn’t dependent our limited perspective.-Gary
“The enormity of problems like hunger and social injustice can certainly motivate us to act. We can be convinced logically of the need for intervention and change. But it is the story of one individual that ultimately makes the difference— by offering living proof.” - John Capecci and Timothy Cage, authors of Living Proof: Telling Your Story to Make a Difference
We all have stories that may motivate others to make changes, and it is up to us to share those stories. If you question the power of one person's story, think of George Floyd. Social injustice has existed for hundreds of years. Unfortunately, it wasn't until we saw George Floyd's story unfold that thousands were moved to take action. People took to the streets in demonstrations, started dialogues and most of all examined their own lives to see how they could become part of our society's solution. Let's hope that by sharing our stories we will continue to motivate each other to make a difference where we can.
Don't spend your life believing a story about yourself that you didn't write that's been fed to you - that simply you've accepted, embedded and added to. Let the story go and there beneath is the real you...and your unique gifts, heart and path that await you.”
― Rasheed Ogunlaru
At times it is difficult to discern what is my response and what was programed in my nervous system by others. Asking who am I in the stillness of this moment can set me free.
- Gary Stiles
“Share your story with someone. You never know how one sentence of your life story could inspire someone to rewrite their own.” - Demi Lovato, American singer
I have learned so much from listening to others' stories during our services, Zoom talk-backs and personal discussions. You may not know then or ever, but your story or insights have often times affected me for the better, and I would guess affected other listeners. Thanks to all the people who share their stories and make this world a better place.