“Don’t be ashamed to weep; ’tis right to grieve. Tears are only water, and flowers, trees, and fruit cannot grow without water. But there must be sunlight also. A wounded heart will heal in time, and when it does, the memory and love of our lost ones is sealed inside to comfort us.”
– Brian Jacques
Photography art – Meryl Streep in The French Lieutenant’s woman
“Andersen’s life was a tragic one in many ways; and yet, like a character from one of his own tales, he had the gift of turning straw into gold: transforming the sorrows and joys of his life’s journey into stories we still love…”
From Terri Windling, “Hans Christian Andersen, Father of the Modern Fairytale.”
Art – Hans Christian Andersen’s Dreams by Anne and Janet Grahame Johnstone
“Storytelling has always been a big deal for companies.
But forget business for a minute. Stories are much bigger than that, they’re central to our human existence.” – gapinvoid
Stories are about people, not about business, not about products. Behind every successful business, there is a person whose heart trembled with fear, apprehension and disappointment. Behind any product there is a set of questions one bluntly asks in desperation and determination. We don’t really have all the answers to all questions but if we weave them into a story, maybe we can touch the answers with some words. We write stories to survive and sur-thrive.
“Language is a skin: I rub my language against the other. It is as if I had words instead of fingers, or fingers at the tip of my words. My language trembles with desire.”
– Roland Barthes, “Talking,” in A Lover’s Discourse, 1977
But with such setting, what is there to write about?
… The perfection of a stolen moment far from the madding crowd:
“The ‘kingdom of heaven’ is not something lying ‘above the earth’ or coming ‘after death’. It does not have a yesterday or a day after tomorrow, and it will not arrive in a ‘thousand years’. It is an experience of the heart. It is everywhere and it is nowhere.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche