- "Whenever there was misfortune in the land, the great Rabbi would go to certain parts of the forest. There he would light a fire, say a special prayer, and miraculously the misfortune would be averted.
When the great Rabbi died, his principle disciple carried on with the custom. When the misfortune would strike the land, he would go to the same place in the forest, and say: "O Lord! I do not know how to light the fire, but I am still able to say the prayer." And again, the miracle would happen.
Still later, when the disciple died, his own appointed pupil would go to the forest to save the people of the land. He would say: "I do not know how to light the fire, and I do not know the prayer, but I know the place and this should be sufficient."
And then it fell on the newest rabbi to overcome the misfortunes. Sitting in his armchair, his head in his hands, he spoke to God: "I am unable to light the fire and I do not know the prayer; I cannot even find the place in the forest. All I can do is to tell the story, and this must be sufficient." And it was sufficient.
God made man because He loves stories.
This made so much sense, since just around that time I had come across this quote/wisdom from Henry Miller - and it has remained with me:
"I am a man telling the story of my life, a process which appears more and more inexhaustible as I go on. Like the world-evolution, it is endless. It is a turning inside out, a voyaging through X dimensions, with the result that somewhere along the way one discovers that what one has to tell is not nearly so important as the telling itself."
To me - then - it boiled down to a simple understanding:
we are just a story/myth we tell to ourselves, and live (as much as we can)...
...which led to collecting the quotes/wisdom who knew that life is a story to be lived and told...
— Daniel Taylor (Author,Tell Me a Story: The Life-Shaping Power of Our Stories)
- Tom Durel (former CEO, Ocenia)
— Thomas Berry, Theologian, Philosopher, and Cultural Historian
— Scott Bedbury (Author, New Brand World: Eight Principles for Achieving Brand Leadership in the 21st Century)
— Seth Godin (Author, Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us)
— Barack Obama (44th President of USA)
- Hopi American Indian Proverb (Also attributed to Plato, Greek Philosopher)
— Gloria Steinem, Feminist icon, journalist, and activist
— Maya Angelou, Poet
— Hannah Arendt, German Political Theorist
— Salman Rushdie, Novelist
— Rolf Jensen (Former Director of the Copenhagen Institute for Future Studies)
— Michael Bogdanffy-Kriegh (Architect and Past President, New York Society for Ethical Culture)
— Christina Baldwin (Author, Storycatcher: Making Sense of our Lives through the Power and Practice of Story)
Some stories, I realised (as I lived through them) also have no ending or resolution... Martin Gardner, the mathematician wrote once:
"There are only two stories in the world: someone goes on a journey, and a stranger comes to town"
... I am still trying to figure out if I am soaring eagle, or homing pigeon
...not that it matters, really - does it!!?...