When was the last time you told your story?
Question put to the sick by a Native American Medicine Man
Stories are like little time capsules. They carry pieces of truth and meaning over time. Whether it is a myth from 4,000 years ago or your own untold story from childhood, the meaning waits like a dry ration; only by the next telling does it enlarge and soften to become edible. It is the sweat and tears of the telling that brings the meaning out of its sleep as if no time has passed. It is the telling that heals.
Often we repeat stories, not because we are forgetful or indulgent, but because there is too much meaning to digest in one expression. So we keep sharing the story that presses on our heart until we understand it all.
The truth is that though we think we know what we are about to say, the story tells us and saves us, in the same mysterious way that breathing is always the same but different.
Mark Nepo, The Book of Awakening
WRITING PROMPT: What story do you need to tell right now?