The Ribbon of Road Ahead gave me the opportunity to compile stories of events and the lessons I learned from the events. There are many many, and I will say it again, many more stories I could share about events in the same time period. When I recorded the book in the studio, many of the unpublished stories came back to me. There was something about hearing myself in the headphones that made words come alive. I could see the characters move and hear them speak. I smelled the spray coming from the huge tractor-trailer rigs in the vinyards, and the rough feel of the heavy wool blankets in the albergues in Spain.
I have been told that my book has inspired people with Parkinson’s disease to get up and move. To think that my words gave someone hope has been is unimaginable to me, but true I ‘spose.
So if you have a story in you that needs to get out, put it on paper. I know that takes alot of courage. Sometimes it means you “out” your self from something you have hidden for awhile.
In The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, third book in the series the Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis, the character Eustace goes through a spiritual transformation. But first he must embrace the truth of his own brokeness.
After my diagnosis with Parkinsons, it took awhile to get over the shock and accept that this disease was not going away. It wasn’t until I accepted that I was a damaged diseased person, that I could get on with life.
It was in “this truth” that I embraced that I came to a new understanding. And I was able to help others.
“Your story could be the key that unlocks someone elses prison. Dont be afraid to share it.“
We learn lessons in our storytelling. And, like the quote, our stories might be just what another person needs to unlock their prison.
So, Tell your stories