My husband and I were talking in the car the other day, and he said something about a friend of ours. He said, “She’s really good at being a friend.” And in the silence, we were thinking of a couple people we love very much but who, frankly, are not so good at being friends. […]
We love Bob Goff. We love him because he shows us what’s capable in a human life. There is no ceiling to Bob’s belief that a simple life loving people can change the world. He’s loved his way into a diplomatic position in Uganda, into starting a massive school for children, into starting another in […]
We look to others to name us as writers. Are we any good? Do we have a big fan base on social media? Are we published, famous, bestselling? We believe when we arrive at one of these landmark stops, we will be a bonafide. Writing becomes a destination that is either filled with applause at the end, or it is nothing at all. However, as long as we look to others for approval, we will never find our voice.
My daughter was having a bad day. Rainy weather interrupted her soccer game. Her brother snubbed her by choosing his buddies over hanging out with her. Our well-intentioned toddler decided to help “organize” her room by pulling everything off her shelves. She was late for her flute lesson. To add insult to injury, the family was headed to an event where there would be lots of adults and little kids, but no one her age. The compounding effect of these little annoyances grew into honest frustration that bordered on anger. These emotions placed her on the precipice of a decision. How would she respond?
Still, well into adulthood, I find myself just wanting to fit in. It’s not in the same way as it was in high school of course. I’m not hoping to be invited to the right party or pretending to smoke a cigarette or claiming my drink in my plastic cup isn’t water. This was how I “fit in” as a teen. Today, I want to fit in with a life that follows the appropriate succession of events.
By now you know we love Shauna Niequist here at Storyline. She’s an incredible mother, wife, speaker and writer. We love the boldness of her femininity and the beauty of her intense intellect. We’re proud to have her keynote and host the Storyline Conference in Chicago.
Our bike rides in Nicaragua gave me a lot of time to think about what I needed to shed on my pursuit to discovering life purpose. These decisions that define purpose separate their decision makers from everyone else. If we want clarity in what we are intended to do, we must release and clearly say no to the things that we know are not a match for our calling and say yes to what we are made to do.
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