Something Needed

Image of a single flower in the snow.
Spring Awakening

Desiderata

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore, be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

~ Max Ehrmann

This resonates with me today. We all have stories…

p.s. Desiderata is the plural form of Desideratum and means “things wanted or needed”. 

Our Arts in Storytelling

Our traditional arts have been a way to share stories and we can continue to use our arts to help share stories in a cancer basics online course I helped develop. We use many handmade Alaska Native dolls who share about cancer and help bring understanding to such a hard topic; we are using our traditional art in a new ways 💛

Cancer Basics Course

Check out this article about Telling Stories through Corn Husk Dolls, which inspired this post 💛

Corn Husk

 

Are you using storytelling in your community work?

Storytelling is where it’s at – use it as a part of your community outreach and organizing.

1. Use storytelling as a community development strategy. (Build awareness and address critical local issues!)

2. Use storytelling as an instrument for citizen empowerment. (Empowers community members!!)

Storytelling is an excellent tool to get your community voices heard!

As the Roses Age

As the Roses Age

Storytelling comes in many shapes, forms, and sizes, such as parables, poems, short stories, etc., and I have the honor of being friends with one of our respected Tribal Storyteller, Leader, and Culture Bearer, Wilson Justin. He doesn’t call himself these things but many of us think of him in these ways.

One time a long time ago, he was sharing a story that had an important observation about our healthcare and the struggles to access for our People who live in our rural communities. After he was done sharing, I said that his words were like getting hit upside the head with a hammer that is wrapped inside a pillow. His words continue to inspire, and continue to have us stop and think – he honors us with his gift of story, and his observations of life. Nowadays, when his stories, poems, and observations inspire me, and I now like to wrap them within an image ♥

Reflecting on Another Year Around the Sun

I think we need to honor ourselves and take a moment to reflect each year on our birthdays what we have learned, and maybe use some of that knowledge as our foundation to build for the following year…

December 15th Birthday Wisdom

My Lauraism for the day: “Story On”

I’m now at the “Elder-in-Training with Wheels” status. To reach this far is somewhat a miracle with the life I had 😀 I’ve been around the block a time or two or three or four 😉 and I’m good with it. So what have I learned so far in life?

  1. You cannot help everyone but you can help one person more than yesterday.
  2. YOU are responsible for your choices – just the way it is folks, so play nice.
  3. It is ok to be different; embrace it, honor it, run with it!
  4. Being serious all the time is seriously overrated so have fun! Laugh! Play! Create!
  5. You’re never done learning. Learning expands your horizons and keeps your mind open, and lawd knows we need more open-minded people in this world right now.
  6. HONOR YOUR STORY.
  7. Make peace with yourself, this will give you your greatest strength.
  8. Sometimes the bad guy wins but that doesn’t make you a bad person. Dust yourself off, hug yourself, and keep going.
  9. Saying goodbye is as much a part of our lives as saying hello…
  10. Time is what you make it.

Well this Wisdom about gave me leaky eyes remembering how I learned/earned all of this. I’m grateful to the Creator for letting me be here another day, another year and here’s to seeing what the next chapter of my life takes me, and remember:

“Be Courageous in Heart and Spirit.” – Me

Birthday Wisdom