Story is the song line of a person’s life. We need to sing it and we need someone to hear the singing. Story told, story heard, story written, story read, create the web of life in words.

Christina Baldwin

Storycatcher, 2005


Friday, 5 October 2012


Welcome to my Blog!
Thanks for joining me on this brand new adventure!

I’ve been thinking about connections.
I’ve decided I want a deeper connection with others.
But I’ve also come to realise that it’s not about waiting for others to come to me.
That was my old pattern.
Now I need to share more of me.

As a storyteller and speaker, I’ve shared all kinds of stories with a variety of listeners,
in a variety of settings.
But share a piece of me?
Tell you my story?
I’d rather have a root canal.

I teach the importance of creating a safe space for story, 
for opening to sharing, and to listening.
I teach that only in sharing can we experience a true connection.
And I teach it because I need to learn it.

I’ve been very successful at avoiding sharing my own story.
Hiding it even.

So it’s time to walk my talk.

My friend Lynn sent me a copy of an article by Henning  Mankell called:
The Art of Listening. The author tells this story:

Two men were talking about a friend who had recently died.
One of the men said: “I was visiting him at his home and he was telling me
an amazing story about his childhood.  It was a long story and when night came,
we decided I should return the next day to hear the end of the story.
But, when I arrived the following day, he was dead.”
Both men were silent for a long while. Finally the other man spoke:
“ That’s not a good way to die – before you’ve told the end of your story.”

I love this powerful little story.  It triggered something in me.
I saw the story as a reminder, and an invitation to share.
To share parts of my own story that I have hidden or buried,
or even quietly dismissed.  They may be old childhood memories or
gentle reflections on my day, and anything and everything in-between.

So let me ask you: How much of your own story are you sharing with others?

This blog is an open invitation to share.
It’s an exploration with you dear reader/listener.
May we open and share our stories, our lives, with each other.
And in the sharing build true connection.
It is the best way I know to celebrate our beautiful humanity.

So here’s my invitation. 
Let’s start together.

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