Lost and found, found and lost

Life is the story you tell yourself. … I was lost. That’s when I began to realise: While storytelling has drawn significant academic and popular interest in recent years, there’s an aspect of personal storytelling that hasn’t gotten enough attention. What happens when we misplace the plot of our lives?*
Bruce Feiler

the true advances of my life could not be brought about by force, but occurs silently, and that I prepare for them while working quietly and with concentration on the things that on a deep level I recognise to be my tasks**
Rainer Maria Rilke

Nurturing internality provides us with a compass,
Though in truth, we’d prefer
a map.
Life is so big, though,
And we reach the edges of our charts so quickly,
So we must either stop and turn around,
Or trust the whispers of our
thin silence –
Those talents, energies and values
that make us strong, keep us focused, provide dexterity and
create purpose.

To be able to stand not knowing long enough to let something alive take shape.^

It’s possible to be found on the outside but lost on the inside,
It is also possible to be found on the inside
whether we are lost or found on the outside.

*Bruce Feiler’s Life is in the Transitions;
**Rainer Maria Rilke’s Letters on Life;
^Lynda Barry’s What It Is.

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