Mind Your Stories (Poem)

David Christopher reflects on the importance of the stories we tell ourselves.

Mind your stories.

 

Mind your stories; question them often.

Nourish those that serve.

 

Change those that do not.

Far easier said than done, yes?

For many of our darker stories

have cut grooves in the primordial stone of our psyches-

and the river of mind all too easily turns back into

these dark and shadowy valleys.

So mind also your story

about changing your story;

be quick to forgive

both yourself and your world

should the story be slow to change.

 

Mind your stories; know them for what they are.

For more than it is through your wild circumstances,

it is instead through your stories

that you might find

health,

prosperity,

and happiness.

 

Mind your stories about health,

about what is sickness, wellness,

and suffering.

For it is not your suffering,

but your stories about suffering

that makes pain either buoyant

or burdensome.

 

Mind your stories about prosperity,

about what is enough.

For it is not your desire,

but your stories about desire

that leaves you

either full or wanting.

If you find yourself succumbing to envy,

surround yourself with the impoverished.

If you find yourself succumbing to

anger,

pride,

or vanity,

surround yourself with those

who are kind, gentle, and wise.

Do these things, and you may learn

of the deeper meaning of prosperity.

 

Mind your stories about happiness,

about what will bring you joy.

Be wary of striving for happiness;

it would be like striving to grow a flower garden.

You can do only this:

find a sunny place for the soul,

prepare the soil of your destiny,

water the seeds of what might be,

tend to the weeds of shadowy stories,

and then,

perhaps,

the rose will bloom all bright and shining . . .

but you can never force her to do so.

 

And beyond health, prosperity, and happiness,

mind your larger story.

Mind your story about your place in our cosmos.

Know that along with all of the beings

of the Web of Life,

you, too, are a child of the Infinite:

that great, mysterious process

that worked patiently

for billions of years

to bring your tiny but delightful

sacred sparkle of stardust

into being.

 

Finally, mind your contribution to our larger story.

Ponder your place in the possibility

that we are growing beyond

both the story of gods and goddesses

serving or stymying us

and the old scientific story

of a decaying and meaningless Universe

to a new story of the Infinite,

a Planetary Story of a mysteriously creative Universe.

Know that we each have a place

in the birth of this emerging story,

and that yours is a vital role as midwife.

 

For it is through our new story that we can awaken

to a deeper communion with Earth,

know and love our place within her Web of Life,

rejoice in her,

and share in her bounty.

And we do so with gratitude, respect,

and humility,

for we know that, while we have learned much,

there is still much to learn

as our Planetary Story awakens within

our Holy Universe.

David is the storyteller of the ‘New Story’ and the author of The Holy Universe: A New Story of Creation for the Heart, Soul, and Spirit. For more great inspiration from other Inspirational Luminaries like David, please visit InspireMeToday.com.

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56 comments

Donna Ferguson
Donna F.2 years ago

wonderfully wise--ty!

Fi T.
Fi T.2 years ago

There must be time for family

Roxana Cortijo
Roxana Cortijo2 years ago

Thanks for sharing!

Bet M.
Elizabeth Muth2 years ago

Beautifully told, David! I'm reminded of Angeles Arrien comment in The Four Fold Way: "The capacity to attend to our own life story permits us to reopen the heart..." Thank you!

Pinke A.
Pinke A.2 years ago

Thank you so much for beautiful and so touching poem! Good words right from the heart!

Kristin Love
Kristin Love2 years ago

this is so beautiful, powerful and true it hurts, but with joy-fullness and recognition. i will print it out so i may see it every day. i will share it so that others can know or "re-know". so much gratitude for this! :)

Annelies Haussler
Liessi Haussler2 years ago

Thank you for sharing this with us :)

VS S.
Wonder G2 years ago

That is a beautiful poem!

Natasha Salgado
Natasha salgado2 years ago

Lovely poem! Thank you

Lynn C.
Lynn C.2 years ago

TY