one of my favorite websites i frequent is storypeople. most of these stories are written by brian andreas - an artist & storyteller who lives in SoCal. some of his writings that have inspired me are:
I promise you not a moment will be lost as long as I have heart & voice to speak & we will walk again together with a thousand others & a thousand more & on & on until there is no one among us who does not know the truth: there is no future without love
They came to sit & dangle their feet off the edge of the world & after awhile they forgot everything but the good & true things they would do someday
Anyone can slay a dragon, he told me, but try waking up every morning & loving the world all over again. That's what takes a real hero.
given the amount of inspiration brian andreas has offered to my own writer's heart, (i have a plan to tattoo "walk like giants" on my foot at some point) i decided to implement his works into my classroom. so, for the past week or so, my students have been creating their own storypeople inspired stories. my room is now littered with posters decorated with students' thoughts & hopes in the form of an andreas world. the students also posted their stories on our class blog - many of them putting in at least two or three as the inspiration hits them.
what's your storypeople? andreas mentions listening for a whisper of a beginning & waiting until it's loud enough to write down. i challenge you to try that today. tap into your creativity. write it down. share it with everyone here - all three of us. ;)
here's mine: the minute she saw his face the seed of love was planted in her heart & he knew even though he was born a thousand miles away his soul had found a home.