April 3 2017

By: Jackie Hook
Monday, April 3, 2017

This month our theme is What’s Your Story? We spend a lot of our days with stories: telling ourselves stories as we think about the past and future; sharing stories in discussions with others; reading stories in books, newspapers, magazines and online; watching stories on TV and in movies; and, dreaming stories during the night. 

Stories grab our attention, bring us together, teach us things, increase our capacity for empathy and help us heal.  As individuals, forming our experiences into stories helps us realize that we have wisdom to share and a voice within.  It helps us remember our values and what matters most in our lives.  As Soren Kierkegaard once said, “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”  And in understanding, we often find peace and hope which enables us to live our lives more fully now. 

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