It doesn’t interest me
to know where you live
or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up
after the night of grief and despair
weary and bruised to the bone
and do what needs to be done
to feed the children.
It doesn’t interest me
who you know
or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand
in the centre of the fire
and not shrink back.
~Oriah Mountain Dreamer
I stand in the center of the fire.
Passionate about keeping hope above adversity, and surrounded by challenges beyond measure. Listening every day to fears, to sorrow, to doubt: I hold your stories. Your words create a thread that, when stitched with mine, creates a web that connects us deeper than imagination. That thread might be just the thing to connect you with another who has the ideas to spark your creativity. I make those connections, through listening and through learning.
In the world, I work with individuals in really challenging places. Folks who’ve been through the ringer, and just need someone to listen. It’s an honor to hold those stories. But it’s not easy. I’m here to create space for the listeners, those being present, the ones who carry the word-strings in the web of their hearts.
We have to keep going. We have to keep listening. We have to keep strong.
We also have to keep caring for ourselves.
This space, and my work here, is about that care. It’s about building a community of support, of webs, of creativity and social change. I’m here to build this place of refuge for the listeners, the women who are out there every day and paying attention to those who haven’t before been seen.
Love and freedom aren’t just words–
you can change the world with your story and creativity.
I blaze in the knowledge that each person has hope and creativity that will change their lives. Let’s work together to foster that hope, nurture that creativity, learn together, and change the world.
The text on this page is a gift from a very dear friend, Sara Blackthorne at A Forest of Stories. She will stand and hear our stories when we’re too afraid to speak them aloud. She is teaching me about digging deep, even when sometimes I don’t have the words for what I feel, think, and believe. You can find her at http://www.forestofstories.com or on twitter @sarablackthorne.