Everyone's story and life journey is important
I have mentioned this thought before, but I thought I would devote a whole blog about the subject. I want to encourage our shy (?) or unworthy feeling (?) people to share something of who they are and what have experienced. Part of the spiritual and human journey is feeling our life has value, and in making the best use of it.
I share with you here the introduction to the "4th course of Chicken Soup for the Soul" series (copywrite 1997 Jack Canfield). If you like, you can call it "Chickpea Soup for the Soul" .
"Everybody is a story. When I was a child, people sat around kitchen tables and told their stories. We don't do that so much anymore. Sitting around the table telling stories is not just a way of passing time. It is the way the wisdom gets passed along. The stuff that helps us live a life worth remembering. Despite the awesome powers of technology many of us still do not live very well. We need to listen to each others stories once again." Rachel Naomi Remen
" Everyone has a story. No matter what we do for a living, how much we have in our bank account or what the color of our skin is, we have a story. Each of us has a story, whether it is visible to the eye or it is locked inside of us. We are encouraged to believe that our past, our circumstances, both physical and emotional, and our experiences are our story. Out mental picture of our life's story encompasses what we perceive to be true about ourselves and our possibilities.
"The life one is born in is not necessarily our destiny. All of us have the power to rewrite our story, to recast the drama of our lives and to redirect the actions of the main character, ourselves. The outcome of our lives are determined mainly by our responses to each event. Do we choose to be a hero or victim in our lives' drama?"
"Good stories, like the best mentors in our lives, are door openers. They are unique experiences containing insights tied to emotional triggers that get our attention and stay in our memories. These stories can free us from being bound to decisions of the past and open us to understanding ourselves and the opportunities that are there before us. A really good story allows us to recognize the choices that are open to us and see new alternatives we might never have seen before. It can give us permission to try (or at least to consider trying) a new path."
So my hope for the Krishna.com community is that we can share our stories with our struggles and successes, feel safe to be and share who we are at the present, while encouraging one another to strive for spiritual advancement and the perfection of loving Krishna and everything connected to him.