These weekly blogs are my way of understanding our world... or should I say, "attempting to understand" what I have encountered this past week. My reflections do not mean that I have solved, have figured out, or have truly grasped what is swirling around me. This is one way for me to pose questions and insights for myself... and to seek your input and clarity.
Recently, I have been reflecting on the burdens that each of us carries: sometimes silently shouldering the heavy weight of relationships gone awry; health issues that redirect our attention; or past stories that monopolize our time and energy.
|What burdens are you carrying?|
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Why am I focused on burdens this week? Mine haven't shifted, but I have had several texts or conversations with siblings, friends, and classmates from my 8th grade class. As we listened together, the Stories Shared provided glimpses of similar and different experiences. And, I noticed after each encounter, my problems seemed to lessen: I was thinking about the other person, wondering how I could help, offering up prayers and intentions to stay in touch.
We really don't know what is going on in another life... unless we take time to reach out, ask questions, and listen.
|Are you willing to tell your story?|
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The Many Benefits of Storytelling, Little Red Hen)
Also, I noticed that as a story was being revealed, my mind would jump ahead... filling in gaps of information, connecting the dots, and creating story endings. In one instance, questions were asked, more of the story was revealed, and I found out how misguided my conclusions were!
I was using my life lessons and experiences to direct, filter, and complete another person's story. The language of my burdens was distorting another person's reality.
|When are you kind to others?|
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On a side note, I find it interesting that so much time is spent streaming our entertainment, searching YouTube for snippets of topics that captivate us, and being addicted to our devices... yet excuses about limited time keep us from listening together to what is important. Is it just me? Or, is this strange?
Learning to share the burdens we carry may be the kindness that is needed right now: taking time away from our distractions to tell stories; listening and remaining curious; staying open to the endings as questions are asked; and walking away closer... together!
As a young mentor once told me, "We are a Pilgrim People" -- sharing the journey of life by walking together; caring for -- and carrying -- each other when the path is difficult.
May more of your story be revealed this week. May your burdens become lighter as you talk to others. May we be willing to travel through life with kindness.
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