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Tuesday
Jan082013

The Word: A Story

I pull the wool cap down over my ears and knot the scarf.  Swallow the lump in my throat, jam my hands deep into my pockets and step out into the searing blue sun of a late winter afternoon.  It is time, finally, to be honest with each other, something I don't always believe in, the truth being so slippery and easily obscured by obstacles in our own hearts and minds.  It is hard to see things as they really are and to name them correctly in the moment.  It is hard to hear each other well.

I let this wash over me, stinging my skin like ice crystals: You didn't do it right.

Draw back the arrow and release: Why did you change?

Frozen ground crunches under our feet and there is one truth I believe as it swims up in front of my teary eyes: you are you and I am me, and there is no talking either of us out of that.  I can see my breath.  I see our story stretched out on a gossamer thread, behind us and before us.  Every story has a beginning, a middle, and an end.  This is only the middle, I see. 

So we do this:  accept, and keep creating our story.

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This is the word that keeps coming up for me, as I contemplate what to set as intention and guide for 2013:

story

This is a year to own my own story, and to receive others' stories in nuance, acceptance and fullness.  It is a time to study the elements of story and to improve my facility with them.  I aspire to strengthen my storytelling both in my professional life and here, in my personal work.  I will return to my reading life, my bedside table stacked high with books waiting to be loved.  I will write and shoot in an effort to illuminate the threads that hold us together. 

I am afraid to make any claims about honesty but I believe there's truth in the story, and I hope that will guide me through the coming year.

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Reader Comments (9)

I appreciate your honesty and I love your statement about hearing each other well--so true. You might enjoy Donald Miller's book on "story." It's titled "A Million Miles in a Thousand Years."

January 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

Yes. there is truth in story. And only you can tell and show yours. I wait patiently and with open heart to read, hear, and see more of yours. xoxo

January 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMeghan @ Life Refocused

I am looking forward to your 'story' and the ones I will tell and own through following yours. 'accept, and keep creating our story', that is what we have to do, acceptance being the operative word. xx

January 8, 2013 | Unregistered Commentertamar

Thank you.
For accepting and carrying on with creating the middle. For allowing it to be a very long story.
And sharing it.

January 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKathleen

i love you corinna. i just do.

January 9, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterrach

Story. Yes. This is your genius. That's what drew me to you and keeps me coming back.

January 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike

I can't wait for your story Corinna--I've certainly been enjoying it up until now.

P.S. American Gods is so damned good

January 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChristopher

What a beautiful and inspiring way to begin. I'll look forward to your 'story' as it unfolds.

January 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarcie

I agree with Marcie. It's a beautiful and inspiring way to begin. I believe that there must be truth in the story because your words ring so true with so many of us.

January 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJane

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