Story is foundational
I received the draft of “Dispelling the Clouds” on June 1st & started reading it that night. I read a little bit of it every day over the next 12 days, finishing on the 13th. I wanted to stay in the flow of your thoughts while taking enough time to digest the full contents of the book.
First; thank you for sending me the draft & allowing me to pre-read this valuable book. It was a joy to read, & one I found to be very insightful & thought provoking.....
I found the timing of the book to be very interesting. We’re in the middle of a global pandemic on a scale the world has never seen. Then, if that wasn’t enough for everyone to cope & deal with there has been the resurgence of “Black Lives Matter.” A very needed & also timely arising. “Dispelling the Clouds” comes in the middle of these global crisis with a message of equal proportions. Almost every person, from every walk of life, in every nation on the earth is being forced to grapple with realities that have been there for generations, but never fully dealt with. It reminds me of a favorite passage of mine in Acts 17: 26, 27 “And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their pre-appointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us”. It seems to me that part of life’s journey. ....
The journey we each walk is rarely the one we would have chosen but one sometimes thrust upon us. This journey, our story, involves & includes the process of allowing our lives to be transformed by the journey itself, even as we are used to help challenge, shape & transform the lives of those we get to touch along the way.
There are so many things I could comment on in the book,... I underlined as I read. The first is found on page 46. “Crime is about broken relationships”. Wow! This is so true. I believe this could be said of every breakdown in society. It’s always a relational issue. We were created to live in solidarity. When we step or move away from that there is sure to be a fall-out. Your journey of helping bring justice to both victims & perpetrators is nothing less than inspiring. That you would even attempt to bring these two sides together is beyond commendable....
Another re found on page 115. “Story accesses our emotions, and therefore is important to decision-making. It creates meaning out of experiences. It gives a sense of belonging. It engenders empathy and sympathy across differences. It surpasses our rational minds and allows us to dream. When it comes to change, story is foundational”.
Every one of us don’t just have a story, we are a story. This book, “Dispelling the Clouds”, is not just your story. It is you. It is your journey and the multitudes of people you have had the privilege to touch. You did this while you vulnerably walked out your own pain & trauma. ...
“Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you.
You must travel it by yourself.
It is not far. It is within reach.
Perhaps you have been on it since you were born, and did not know.
Perhaps it is everywhere - on water and land.” - Walt Whitman