Thursday, September 22, 2016

The HeArt of Storytelling

Do you have a burning desire to write, to paint, to play music, to sing…?

Greatness comes from perseverance and passion. It’s two qualities that are within all of us, but we have to capture their essence in order to discover the hidden desires of the heart.

I had a vivid imagination as a young girl. But I never dreamt that one day my heArts desire would be to write. But it is! And it has awakened the creative part of my soul, allowing me to express myself in ways I never thought possible. In essence, writing has been very therapeutic and life-changing for me, not to mention how it has renewed my hunger to learn.

My greatest desire today, however, is to become a better storyteller.

That’s what writing does. It infuses the means to turn us into storytellers. And as we grow as a writer, we grow as a person, and as we grow as a person, we unlock the storyteller that once laid dormant in our mind.

But stories are pieces of art that are waiting to be brought forth by whatever means they are meant to be expressed in.

In our family, I may express myself through writing. But my son expresses himself through musical instruments, and my daughter through abstract art.

What’s your storytelling avenue?

Whatever your heArt form is, remember, greatness comes from perseverance and passion. Yes, there will be times of discouragement, times when you will doubt your abilities, but persevere anyway. Own your story. Express it in the way you desire. Why? Because it creates a connection between the mind, body and soul, making you a unique individual.

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” –Mark Twain.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

The Blank Sign

During the month of August, Derick and I took a road trip to the east coast of Canada.

Travelling to the East Coast is always an exciting time. We not only get to reunite with family but to also embrace the Maritime spirit of our youth. 

Before we could reach the laid back atmosphere of Atlantic Canada, however, we would have to navigate our way through Montreal, which caused some fear and anxiety because of the heavy city traffic. Then we heard of a new highway (auto-route 30) bypassing the city. So, we ignored the GPS, threw caution to the wind, and ventured into unknown territory.

We were no more than five minutes onto this new auto-route when we came upon a massive, green, blank sign, which spanned all three lanes.

I thought about this blank sign and how it resembles birth, how we are born with a clean slate, innocent to the many treacherous roads we merge on and off as we navigate through life. And what I have learnt through my own experiences, at times, is that these roads have filled my slate with mixed directions. 

But thankfully—twelve years ago—Christ wiped my slate clean again. And through His forgiveness, He has given me a new beginning.

Maybe life hasn’t turn out the way you hoped.

Are you longing for a new beginning?

If so, find the lane that fits God’s plan for you and venture out into unknown territory. You were created for a purpose. And with Christ as your GPS, the map of your life will always be updated for the lane you find yourself in. Even if it’s “a road less travelled.” Christ will bring you to your destination with the beauty of His message still intact, because His message reassures us that we are all loved individuals, with hidden talents, waiting to be explored.