Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Say What You Need To Say...


I love people.  I love getting to know people.   I am so utterly and completely drawn to the human story that I am frequently warned by love ones about engaging with people to readily without caution.  I just can't help it.  It's a gift and a curse.  Curiosity can sneak up on me and draw me over before I rightly know what has hit me.  I love even more when someone's story is so filled with truth that it becomes a living breathing thing.   We learn to love and trust people through their story.   People become real when they share with each other.  Perceptions are shattered, boundaries are stretched, walls broken, and stereotypes fictionalized.  Our stories are our footprints when we tell them, or our ghost if we don't.  Each word, a feeling or sentiment, a winding path to all the why's and where's of our destinations.

I love wild and reckless stories, the one's with care free abandon.  The arms out the window, make you remember you once thought you could fly stories.   I love the methodical and calculated ones.  The stories with mystery and depth.  The life story held together with reason and order.  I love the stories  of victory.  The come to the finish from behind one's.   Not to mention the hope shared in a love story or the bitter sweet union of love and regret in the story's of lost love.  What about the fight or tale of perseverance.  The stories of blood, sweat, and tears.  Ballads or memoirs they are all perfect no matter how they are told.   As long as the story is truth and so far as it is yours alone. 
 
 How we choose to tell our story gives further testament to who we are.  Our skew, perspective, or twist- the reality as we know it becomes a world all our own.   Is someone out to get us or are we safe?  Are we the hero or the damsel in distress?  Are we the winner or the loser- blessed or cursed?   The decision is ultimately ours'.  If we can recognize our own story, our own voice,  we often change and grow.   If we neglect our story, it will often times turn sour in the end.  Either way, our story is something to give back as inspiration, or possibly lesson, to the generations who follow.

What is your story?  It is my hope your words find their way into a story that is all your own.  A story filled with truth and  bursting at the seams with life.  Go on, write it.  We never know exactally where our story might take us..  Whatever road you choose, your story will ultimately lead you home…
~ Kasse

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10 comments:

  1. "How we choose to tell our story gives further testament to who we are."

    Funny you should write this today. My name is Michelle and I am 39, well for just a few more days - 37 to be exact). This morning, the doctor's office called to let me know that my colonoscopy (yes, dear grandmother, I said that word OUT LOUD and in public) and biopsy of polyps collected came back pre-cancerous. I am 39 and this is my second scope in two years. And guess what, I have to go back in another two years. And two years after that. And two years after that. What you don't know, is that my mother died from cervical cancer because she refused to let sickness be part of her story. She was independent, stubborn, hard-headed and left us all without our best friend.

    Along with working full time, single momming it to a beautiful 17 year old, trying to get my photography business back off the ground, write a book, and a couple cookbooks, I'm also going back to school - because what every 40 something woman needs is a second master's degree. But this one is based on the day I stood in front of the mirror trying to redefine who I was and just what kind of legacy would I leave behind.

    I choose to tell my story as if it were a quilt of experience, heart ache, loss, joy, trials, journeys, struggles, love, success, and determination. I refuse to accept that anything less than a healthy spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical life is my destiny. I also know that my story starts and ends with two simple words, "I AM." Keep up the good work ladies.

    ~ Love
    RED

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  2. Red, I love, "I AM". I can't wait to have you featured here. You are a brave woman and strong no doubt. It's interesting how our perspective changes in the light of our legacy. Live is messy and oh so much fun! I'll be in touch. And you will be in my prayers.

    Kind regards,
    Kasse D.

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  3. Kasse, I love everything you said!! That is why life is so beautiful and completely unordinary!! Because there are so many stories!!!! To share and be shared with are probably the most amazing luxuries our Lord could have given us. To give and receive. :) LOVE THIS!

    Kimberly C.

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    1. Thanks Kimberly. Our stories are gifts. If only we could all see things this way. If only we weren't afraid to tell them as they really are. The Lord does give them, along with the freedom to tell them. Thanks again Kimberly.

      Kasses D.

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  4. Powerful! I feel like when we tell our story, the whole picture, others can relate better. It breaks the barriers. People are able to say "hey if they can come out of all that and still be joyful, maybe I can too." The Lord is so good to give us the freedom and security of his love, when we truly want to help others come to know him. That fear of what others might think of us goes away. The Lord kept me silent for about two years. He wanted me to "walk the walk" and not just "talk the talk". Just this past year he has let me tell my story. I am so thankful for his love and where he is leading me. I want to thank you Kasse for this site. Every single time I get on here it is an encouragement.

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    1. Candy, It's so good to hear from you, and thank you for the kind words. I feel less than sure each time I write. I can't wait to hear what you have been up to. I love your story and your courage. I have no doubt the Lord is up to something in your life. I'm excited for you:) I can't wait to hear...

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  5. GREAT post. What I find are the posts that make the author the most vulnerable are the ones that move people. Let's be honest...we all have to keep a little piece of ourselves hidden. That's what prayer and journals are for :). A friend said to me one time that one of my Thankful Thursday posts about my Mom was so RAW :). To be honest...I didn't really think it was all THAT much, but words & posts & stories all affect people differently. Different things speak to different souls. I'm just like you Kasse, in that I can be too trusting. There are so many different ways every situation can turn out and what I have had to learn is - I can't change the core of who I am, but I can be smarter. I can be accepting yet skeptical & don't have to make that decision right away. Happy Tuesday :)!

    -Heather
    http://buckupbaby.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Heather! Love and agree with everything... Truth really does speak to people, but it takes a brave woman to tell it- no doubt!

      Kind regards,
      Kasse D.

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  6. Great post!
    Great blog! I just found it today!!!! *in love*
    Your newest follower lives down a dusty dirt road in Nebraska.

    Suzi
    http://choresandchandeliers.blogspot.com

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  7. Suzi,

    We're excited you have found us. Hope you'll consider sharing your story...

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