Tell Your Story
Inspired by an Angel Named Lola
I don’t like shopping, unless it’s for shoes. So as I parked my car in front of the shoe store, I was baffled by what felt like a tug, luring me into this cutesy candles, tea towels, and all-things-feminine store. As I walked in the front door, I was drawn to the far wall, my gaze rising, as I connected with the reason I had walked in in the first place:
This is Lola, with her angel wings, her sweet, yet somber face, and a message I really love. TELL YOUR STORY she says. [No coincidence, that’s exactly how I start every interview I do for Trust Life Today.] And on her skirt, more phrases I adore: believe in healing, HONOR YOUR INTUITION, TAKE THE JOURNEY BACK TO YOUR SELF, wear more skirts, begin today.
As one of the employees handed her down to me from the ladder, I smiled and knew she was coming home with me. I turned Lola over and read Kelly Rae Roberts’ story on the back. The write-up ends with this quote from the artist/author:
“My hope is that my work invokes a sense of clarity and peace inside of you as you walk your own path in life, and that it inspires you to discover your own limitlessness.”
And as I flipped her back over, I realized that not only had I been drawn to the words written on her clothing, but also to the feeling of ‘limitlessness‘ that imbibed me when I first looked at her.
Now back in the car, Lola wrapped in paper in the passenger seat next to me, I thought: TELL YOUR STORY. So I’m sure you can imagine my mild shock when I turned on the radio and heard someone poo-pooing others who do precisely that, tell their stories. The argument against went something like this: “Peoples’ stories are just that — make believe fiction based on their shoddy memories. In this day and age, we’re too busy for such non-sense. Just stick to the facts.”
Hello?! I’m not some robot who spits out facts only. Stories are rich. They’re beautiful. Just look at any child’s face as they listen to a story, either being read to them or told to them; if you really stop to look, it’s priceless. The wonder and expanse of our imaginations when we hear stories, even as adults, is something to marvel at. And I’m pretty sure the idiom, “I’m all ears,” didn’t come from someone dying to hear just the facts!
An hour later, now back at home, I sat down with my afternoon cuppa, still mildly annoyed, and began checking email. This quote by don Miguel Ruiz, author of The Four Agreements, was waiting for me in my inbox:
“I co-create with God, and with life. Life creates what is real, and I create a story about what is real. The story is how I qualify, justify, and explain what I perceive. My story is my creation, and it’s a masterpiece of art.”
Yes. Tell Your Story. Please tell your story. I am, as many others are, all ears….