For the past two years, I have been meeting with a writing group. Three women whose writing brings me to my knees with depth and wisdom and heart and soul. They are Ronna Detrick Julie M Daley and Amy Palko.
You can imagine how rampant my Impostor Complex railed when they invited me to join them. My Impostor Complex went batshit crazy, truth be told.
But I know how to overcome it, especially when something is deeply meaningful to me.
The purpose of the group was to come together to express pieces of writing that would not (necessarily) show up on our blogs. And the rules of engagement were stunningly simple but deceptively challenging:
Tell the truth.
Be fierce for one another.
So I did.
And sometimes the writing that I would share was egregious. (But it was the truth, so there was that.)
And other times I would share words that came from outside of me. (I liked those weeks.)
I would be heard. I would be seen. I would be fierce for them as they would be fierce for me. It’s been a lifeline of sorts and I give thanks every week. Every day, in fact.
Somewhere along the way, we discovered that we were writing the same things. From extremely different perspectives to be certain. Three different time zones, worlds of different experiences, values, beliefs and conditioning will do that. And yet, yet...there it was.
We decided to start to braid our pieces together. One would start, the next of us would pull a strand and stitch from there, then would the next, then would the next until it came back to the one who started the piece. And it would be complete.
We have decided to share one such piece with you today, on World Storytelling Day. We recorded it so you could hear, REALLY HEAR our voices. (And, as I'm being honest, I had to apply some of my own Perfectionism hacks that I'll be teaching this Thursday on the Perfection Paradox webinar - you can register for that here.)
It is called “Limned”. It's just over 36 minutes long. As Amy suggests:
"My recommendation is that you go and grab yourself a mug of your favourite hot drink, curl up on the couch and listen as we tell you stories of transformation and promise, relationship and sovereignty, love and truth."
And with that, we invite you today, in your own way, to:
Tell the truth.
PS - Warning: NSFW (or for your kids!) We swear. Quite a fair bit.