Using stories to make sense of life
Heroes of the Bible and the Quran
The Consciousness Shift
Some Conversations with Marc
Luke's Perspective, and Ours
Life is an Invitation
The Most Important Thing
The Matter of Prepositions
7 ways to think and feel better
Deciding What You Want
about Jake Knight
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Stories are what we live by. Stories are what we tell. I tell them. You tell them. We think them, not voicing them aloud but still telling them to ourselves, not usually aware that we are. Stories provide the interest, the directions to our lives.
I want the stories I tell to be helpful. To be helpful to me but not only to me: also to others. To help us enjoy, learn about, add to, and live life more.
All this from stories? Words we put together to paint a scene, to show action? Yes.
The stories we tell may be factual or fiction, true or made up; from our perspective only or saying things with which most others would agree. They can be repeatable or consciously forgotten, verifiable or clearly imaginary. Once we have listened to them, said them, or thought them, they are taken in, responded to, a least a little bit, by us. Those that we listen to often enough, tell ourselves often enough, become a part of us. Part of, one of, our beliefs.
Stories are all around us. They are our means of understanding ourselves and the world. Science is a story, has stories, its own history; belief systems/ religions are stories, too, narratives of people trying to get a handle on life. Sport, art also have their own. Our individual personal experiences, too. There are an untold number of others. The ideas that one has no beliefs, and/ or that there is no point to life, are stories.
If I am right about this, and you are the one who gets to decide for you if I am, then what we think, what we say makes a difference. Makes a difference in our own lives, in those of others, and in that of those who are to come. We have more opportunities and responsibility that we currently consider. We suddenly become aware that, we are, more.
I am compelled by, drawn to, stories that explicitly concern meaning and purpose, or artfully point to the same. Give meaning to our individual, and corporate, lives; help me in defining my purpose in life, and my part in it. This is why I created LukeyoutheU.
LukeyoutheU is itself a story. It is a story about stories. And there are stories talked about in it. LyU podcasts look at stories of: people in the Bible and the Quran, a social consciousness shift, how one person looks at the world in the context of a faith, a close look at the text and suggesting possible meanings from the biblical Book of Luke. In the LyU essays, short pieces of life observation, the offering of how one may life better. In the LyU books, longer, more developed pieces talking about some of the same and new.
What are the stories of your life? What do you want them to be? Do you see that they, that you, have more effect than only in your own life?
My big claims, my big hopes, my story: I am the farmer, the fisher, the curator of this site. You get to/ will decide, consciously or unconsciously, you role(s). Be prepared. If you consider LukeyoutheU, you may find wonder, meaning, expansion; and, perhaps, sometimes, to be stupefied. In the end, and during, I think you will more richly experience and form life. Know, and use, your better stories for yourself and all of us. I took the source photo used for the header photo while traveling on an Amtrak bus from Palm Springs, CA to Fullerton, CA. Painterly effects and color saturation have been added to the image. first photo
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I took the source photo used for the header picture from on an Amtrak bus travelling from Palm Springs, CA to Fullerton, CA. Painterly effects and color saturation have been added to the image. first photo