If stories come to you, care for them

“If stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive.” Barry Lopez

Dear Friends,
I am wondering what stories you are carrying within you?Last night, in Missoula we had a beautiful view of our last full moon of the decade. As it danced across the sky here bathing us in that beautiful glow, countless others across the globe may have had a dark night due to cloud cover. The stories and experiences we each carry with us are much the same. It seems that many times what we view as the darker stories have the most power when shared with a person in need of hearing it. What you may view as dark, ugly, or shameful might be just what someone needs to hear to know they are not alone. Much like the night sky, we all have equal parts light and dark. Both have value, importance, and beauty. By striving to embrace others and our own darkness in equal amounts with light we can begin to create some peace within ourselves and a graceful place for people to share their story.

I am thrilled to be back home with JRPC and am looking forward to hearing your ideas and sharing stories with one another.

Carol Schwartz

P.S. Next time you are by the center be sure to check out the beautiful window display created by our amazing store volunteers & staff. We would appreciate you showing your support for their work by voting for our window in the 2019 “Lights Around the World” Downtown Holiday Window Decorating Contest!