” I had always vaguely felt facts to be miracles in the sense that they are wonderful: now I began to think them miraces in the stricter sense that they were willful. I mean that they were, or might be, repeated excercises of some will. In short, I had always believed that the world involved magic: now I thought that perhaps it involved a magician. And this pointed a profound emotion always present and sub-conscious; that this world of our has some purpose; and if there is a purpose, there is a person. I had always felt life first as a story: and if there is a story, there is a story-teller.”
– G.K. Chesterton
For the last month I have suffered the effects and consequences that follow a brain attack. Don’t worry, I’m fine. Apparently the brain is stronger than the heart, if I would have gone a month with a blocked artery I would have been dead, but instead it was my brain that suffered the massive blockage, leaving me cranky, irritable, emotional, and in need of some good ideas. During this time, I’ve pondered the idea of life as a story, something willed into being by some magical story-teller and maintained by a collaborative of my own will and His. Maybe my blockage was for a point or a purpose, like: what if my brain’s lack of ideas prevented a tragedy or catastrophe, and I single-handedly saved the world from “the bunny flu” or “H1N1000,” or Maybe I stopped a terrorist attack or saved the life of a small child, or maybe I was just saved from myself. There are parts of my story controlled by my will and parts I have nothing to do with, and it’s in those moments that a growth of my faith is required. I like the idea of life as a story, and I look forward to discovering what my story holds for me. Maybe dreams will be possible again after all.
Here are a few other Story related items:
- Here is unique story of brothers, community, acceptance, and love from the New York Times created from a collaborative of wills.
- The Story:Chicago Conference taking place October 28th 2009 at the Paramount Theatre. (I’m extremely excited)
- A Collide Magazine Article on “The Excellence of Story.” (Well Worth a Read for All Story-Tellers)