Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Three Gifts this Christmas: A Purpose, A Tribe and A Bleeding Heart

If you know me at all, you know that I'm in continual awe of Glennon Doyle Melton (check her out at Together Rising or on Facebook under Momastery). You won't regret it. She's ah-maze-ing.

I, of course, want to be me when I grow up, but if that doesn't work out... I really think I could be truly happy being her.

*pauses to bask in the glory of Glennon's wisdom*

*shakes head to get back on task*

I read this from her this week and I can't stop thinking about it. She says:

"People always ask: 'Glennon, how do I find my purpose?' I look at them and say: 'Tell me what breaks your heart. There you go. That's your purpose. Serve those hurting ones. When you arrive to love them -- you will find there all of the people whose hearts break for the very same reason yours does. And viola: you will have found your tribe."

Mind. Blown.

I believe the same can be said for the stories we tell. How do we know what to write? How do we know where to shine the spotlight? How to highlight the human experience?

Tell me what breaks your heart. 

Tell me what makes your soul sing. 

Tell me about the world as you see it and they way you think it should be.

There you go. That's your story. And when you write it, you'll find readers who appreciate your perspective, whose hearts break as yours do and who rely on you to make their soul sing. They will be - your tribe. 

The holiday season is a time of reflection. Set down your pencils, shut your laptops and feel your way through the season. Your purpose is calling. Your tribe is ready. Best of luck in finding them both. 

Wishing you freedom of thought and courage of spirit this holiday season and always. 

Merry Christmas from the team at Cookie Lynn. 

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