“The most powerful and influential position in any society or civilization is a storyteller … the future belongs to the storytellers. The future belongs to us. What will the future be like? Well, that depends very much on the stories we tell, the stories we listen to, and the stories we live … stories remind us of our values, aims, and goals … Stories introduce us to who we are and who we are capable of being.” -Matthew Kelly
The New Year is a fabulous time to reflect on what type of stories we are telling with our lives– in looking back, and in looking ahead. I have to ask myself: what story does my life tell? And what will my story be in 2011?
As a continuation of the Reverb10 posts and prompts and questions, I have chosen 5 questions to answer here, as part of their initiative to reflect and then manifest what is next for 2011. And in two days, it will be 2011!
December 25 – Photo: Sift through all the photos of you from the past year. Choose one that best captures you; either who you are, or who you strive to be. Find the shot of you that is worth a thousand words. Share the image, who shot it, where, and what it best reveals about you.
of me, at Prague's Shakespeare a Synove bookstore near the Vltava, taken by my husband
I like this photo to represent 2010 because of the joy, the fun, the travel and adventure, and because of my love for books.
December 30 – Gift Prompt: Gift. This month, gifts and gift-giving can seem inescapable. What’s the most memorable gift, tangible or emotional, you received this year?
The most valuable gifts I’ve received this year have to do with my family. George Bush once said something to the effect that his greatest accomplishment in his life was that his children wanted to be with him. And I feel that sums up the gifts I cherish from 2010 — the times our sons and my husband have wanted to hang out, have fun, and just be together. That is the greatest and most memorable gift for me.
December 29 – Defining Moment: Describe a defining moment or series of events that has affected your life this year.
Travel. In 2010, we had the incredible opportunity to travel in and through and experience 16 countries in Europe. And while it’s easy to say that the modernized countries are my favorites, the most defining moments for me have been while traveling through the struggling areas of Bosnia, Croatia, Montenegro, etc. My life is forever changed to be able to walk in the shoes of those countries for a while, to travel by car through them and interact with the people, and to begin to understand the significance of the stories they have to tell.
December 28 – Achieve: What’s the thing you most want to achieve next year? How do you imagine you’ll feel when you get it?
This is easy for me to answer — by far the one thing I’d love most to achieve in 2011 is to have my first novel sell to a great publisher. I know I will be beyond myself with joy, because the journey toward publication has been a long and tough one.
December 27 – Ordinary Joy: Our most profound joy is often experienced during ordinary moments. What was one of your most joyful ordinary moments this year?
The ordinary moments that impact me most with a wallop of heady joy are all when I am able to slow down and understand the weight in a moment — the times when one of my kids snuggles with me by the fire, when I see the dazzling frost caught on a winter twig in the sunlight, when I remember where I am, how I got here, and where I am going. To me, all of these moments remind me of the One in charge, and that God cares enough for me to take my breath away with tender moments. Then, I experience the richest joy.
Enough about me … I’d love to hear from you. Does one of the Reverb10 prompts resonate with you?
Na Zdravi (in Czech) or CHEERS! To a happy, healthy 2011 that tells the stories we were born to tell.
Starting the conversation: How about you? What is the story you hope to tell in 2011?