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Every day in my e-mails a meditation from Jean Vanier and  from Henri Nouwen arrive. Below is one from the Henri Nouwen Society, a group I will be talking about more in the future. In this short statement Henri reminds us that all of our stories are sacred, and we can learn about life by listening to each other’s reflection. Ever think about a journal?

One of the arguments we often use for not writing is this: “I have nothing original to say. Whatever I might say, someone else has already said it, and better than I will ever be able to.” This, however, is not a good argument for not writing. Each human person is unique and original, and nobody has lived what we have lived. Furthermore, what we have lived, we have lived not just for ourselves but for others as well. Writing can be a very creative and invigorating way to make our lives available to ourselves and to others.

We have to trust that our stories deserve to be told. We may discover that the better we tell our stories the better we will want to live them.         By Henri Nouwen

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