The Power of Narrative
We’re influenced by a myriad of factors: our families of origin, the norms of our society, the relationships in which we participate, the habits we form, the physiology of our brains.
Yet our experience of life isn’t determined by them.
It’s the framing of these elements, the meanings we ascribe to them, and the way we tell our story that shapes our actual experience.
This site exists to inspire us to become as curators in a museum, examining and arranging the pieces of our lives in ways that shed honest light on who we are and wish to become – authoring richer story lines for ourselves and our communities.
Tap on the buttons below to find works that are original (my book, stories, and articles), adapted (renditions of classic wisdom tales), audio (recorded stories), current (what I'm working on), and a selection of clips and articles from other authors. For contact information and my bio, click the last one.
Saving Ourselves from Benign Neglect
In an age of speed, I began to think, nothing could be more invigorating than going slow. In an age of distraction, nothing can feel more luxurious than paying attention. And in an age of constant movement, nothing is more urgent than sitting still. Pico Iyer, 2014 Over the last month, I’ve managed to do […]
Useless, Tiring, Boring…and Stuck
I had asked for feedback on Chapel – not based on a single gathering, but the whole term. The grade six to eight students arrived to find colourful index cards on their seats. On one side, they were asked to write three words that captured their experience of the programme. “Useless. Tiring. Boring” Thankfully, this […]
Taking Charge of that Inner Dialogue
We’ve all been lectured on the importance of positive self-talk. Well used, it leads us to more productive lives and a deeper sense of well-being. With all the thoughts and feelings floating around in our minds, it makes sense to notice which ones are dominant at any time. Once we’ve identified a few, we can […]
Rituals that Ground
So how do you stay grounded, Keven?” I get this question a lot. Usually, I steer the ensuing conversations away from myself, suggesting that what works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another. I encourage individuals to recall a time when they felt relatively grounded and suggest they begin there, unpacking their own experiences of […]