All Stories Have Value

I spent yesterday in a car, driving Nathan up to Okoboji, IA for the summer. Well, he did all the actual driving, I just watched the scenery go by along with the intimidating clouds and lightning strikes. It took us about 9 1/2 hours, including stops to walk the dogs and a quick trip to Trader Joe’s in Omaha.

On the way we listened to downloaded NPR shows including “Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me” and “This American Life,” and “The Moth.”

I heard stories. Stories big and stories small. Stories that affect the world, and stories that affected only individuals. And I realized, all stories have value. My story has value.

I want to be a storyteller, because through stories life gains value.

The trip hasn’t been without a little angst. I bring Nathan to a place that wants him, values him, but doesn’t really want or value me. I don’t really belong here, despite the fact that I have a lot to offer this place.

Last summer in Okoboji

But, I now realize that is part of my story. My story involves me learning to let go of jealousy, resentment, frustration. My story involves learning from the journey and learning from others.

My story is all that I have to offer you. In exchange, I hope you will share your story with me. Together our stories have power, beauty, and life.

19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Aligaeta
    May 25, 2011 @ 11:56:17

    Don’t let these dismal times fool you. Don’t let this wasteland break your spirit. We have a great deal to offer. We have a perspective called “Hope” it maybe all we have right now but without it we have nothing. Claim it, own it, celebrate it, be forever hopeful. We will endure.

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  2. bekaboo
    May 25, 2011 @ 12:05:42

    I don’t know the backstory of the place that wants your son but not you, but I have experienced that feeling before. Sometimes it is enough to enjoy someone else’s inclusion vicariously and really accept that you belong elsewhere. I suspect that people that don’t want you simply don’t have the capacity to understand you. It is a lack in them, not you, and you are wise to let go of the frustration. I have knocked my head against that brick wall many times.

    I too love stories, loooove them!! I must have NPR and other podcasts on my ipod, on the radio, have books in print, downloaded on my phone. I even read in the shower–much to the horror of my husband. I love that you are honoring your own story. I am going to learn from you. Thank you.

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    • Woman Wielding Words
      May 25, 2011 @ 17:20:09

      The back story is long and complicated. Nathan, by the way, is my husband–so it makes the whole thing a little more complicated. Because of the complicated story, we are choosing to be apart for about 6 weeks this summer, which means I’m on single mom duty for our eight year old daughter. The funny thing is that, you’ve called it. The problem is them, and it is their loss. But it still hurts. Ah well, I’m just going to focus on the stories.

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  3. Ed Williams
    May 25, 2011 @ 12:25:45

    One of the most underated but valued words in our language is “perspective.” Glad to see you’re finding yours!

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  4. Tori Nelson
    May 25, 2011 @ 13:54:52

    I LOVE Ed’s comment. It’s hard to feel that my ordinary, the plainest of plain stories have a purpose, but then again you never know who’s reading, who’s maybe needing to hear exactly what you have to say šŸ™‚

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    • Woman Wielding Words
      May 25, 2011 @ 17:13:47

      Ed’s pretty smart. And your stories, Tori, are not the plainest of plain, as they touch something in all of your readers.

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  5. Vixter2010
    May 25, 2011 @ 15:09:08

    I love reading your story, never stop sharing!

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  6. nrhatch
    May 25, 2011 @ 17:01:14

    It’s not what happens around us that matters . . . it’s what happens within us. Here’s to a great summer for Nathan . . . and for you (and your oompa-loompa)!

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    • Woman Wielding Words
      May 25, 2011 @ 17:12:21

      Thanks. Oompa Loompa-hood doesn’t happen until the fall. This summer she is an Elephant. (JungleBook). We will all have a busy summer, and hopefully a fun one. I hope to get a lot of creative projects done.

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  7. TheIdiotSpeaketh
    May 25, 2011 @ 18:12:18

    Like Aligaeta said…Don’t give up hope….. You’ll be just fine šŸ™‚

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  8. sparksinshadow
    May 25, 2011 @ 20:22:09

    A tiny story for all the creative people among us; I hope you like it:

    A couple of weeks ago, I received a rejection from a respected short story journal. I was licking my wounds and drying a few tears because I’ve worked very hard on that story for years. Then I happened onto a story online, that was there to read for free, that blew me away with its simplicity of form and sheer power. I thought, “How can I ever get this good? How does someone write something so flawless, so moving? No wonder my stories are rejected.”

    Then I read the interview that came along with the story. The author had finally placed all the stories that would be in her soon-to-be published collection, into journals. But no journal wanted this one.

    I know I’ve still got a lot to learn to be able to craft a story as well as this writer can, but still, I straightened up and held my head up just a little higher while I pondered what this meant.

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    • Woman Wielding Words
      May 26, 2011 @ 18:16:36

      Some of greatest authors around started with rejections. I don’t know the magic that works, but I know that I have to keep writing. So do you.

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  9. youngamericanwisdom.com
    May 26, 2011 @ 14:35:07

    Beautifully said, Lisa. Keep sharing your stories. šŸ™‚

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  10. Sandi Ormsby
    May 26, 2011 @ 16:06:24

    I love the beautiful clouds. We don’t have clouds too often, like that. I see a slight shadow of one cloud and it’s actually blue skies (finally!)

    Have you worked on any of your art recently? I’m sure Nathan admires that and I wonder if he as artistic or (thinks) he’s as artistic.

    You are a strong, and talented woman, married to a talented man. That’s awesome! Enjoy your summer!

    Sandi
    http://www.ahhsome.wordpress.com
    Lake Forest, CA

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    • Woman Wielding Words
      May 26, 2011 @ 18:22:15

      I haven’t had time or inspiration for art recently. Well other than that sketch I did a few posts ago. Maybe someday.

      That’s an interesting question about Nathan. I don’t know if he feels like he is artistic. I think he doubts himself a lot. At the same time, he has created some incredible set designs and some really fun t-shirts that you would probably love. (I’ll find the web address where he “sells” them)

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