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" Live out of your imagination

not your history "

Stephen R. Covey

The Hero of the Story

May 27th, 2008

If you’ve made a comment in the last ten days please know that I have read and appreciated it, even if I haven’t responded. I’ve been away in Germany and leave tomorrow for a few days in Holland.

One of the great pleasures of travelling around giving talks and workshops lies in meeting people. Everyone is so unique it becomes a fascinating process just trying to come to know a person, even if one only meets briefly. A propos of this, here is a good quote, which points to the way in which we can approach the process of getting to know someone:

The moment we want to say who someone is, our very vocabulary leads us astray into saying what he is and we begin to describe a character or type with the result that his uniqueness escapes us. We can surmount this problem only with a story: who somebody is we can only know by knowing the story of which he himself is the hero.”
John Navone, Towards a Theology of Story, St Paul 1977