Each of us has a story. Story is so important. It sticks with us so much more than classes or text books. We often think of story as fiction but so many wonderful stories are true and the people were real. Some of the greatest learning experiences have been taught with the use of story. I had a history professor in college who said that good historical fiction taught us more about lives in the past than anything else.
Story also comes from TV, movies and our own lives. Lately I seem to find great meaning in the oddest movies or programs.
I can’t begin to count the wisdom I have acquired in stories…. fiction and non-fiction. I often find a quote that I have to ponder on. I actually keep a handwritten quote book with things that have taught me or touched my heart. Here are several of my favorites:
Any man who thinks he can describe love understands nothing about it. From “The Gargoyle” by Andrew Davidson
To live is to dance in and out of the shadow of joy. From the blog “The Death Project.”
Hate is a very big, very hungry thing with sharp teeth. It will eat up your whole heart and leave no room left for love. From the movie “Amish Grace.”
We have the best system of government the world has ever seen but it is only as good as the people in charge. From the TV show “Madame Secretary.”
Wisdom shows up in the most unexpected places. We have to pay attention to catch it. The things you learn are worth the effort.