Emotional Muscle Memory

Other people’s stories – be they real or fiction or fantasy – are a KEY to unlocking something in ourselves.

Stories give us depth perception, and allow us to “feel” our own lives in ways that we sometimes can’t access in the everyday.

I haven’t read a fictional story in a long while, and this past holiday just finished listening to an audio book while working on various projects around my house – and the book itself isn’t the point behind my reflection, but it was a story based on real historical events, mirrored stories of real suffering ..

.. and it allowed me to access (and release) some emotion that I wasn’t unlocking in the course of my busyness, and helped me remember that much of what I consider “struggle” in MY world is infinitesimally SMALL compared to the “struggles” others face, and this was a valuable insight ..

Just because I took to heart someone else’s story.

So .. my “note to self” this morning ..

Don’t neglect taking other people’s stories to heart.

Not in an “all about me” way – It isn’t self-indulgent to nurture empathy and perspective and to build a kind of “emotional muscle memory” to rejoice with those who rejoice, and mourn with those who mourn!  (Read Romans 12 (NKJV) if you have a moment, today. ❤ )

We DO all need “connection” and growth, and “depth perception” is critical for these things to flow naturally out of us.  It’s almost as if that’s the way we’re made!  On purpose!  😉

Be blessed!




About Grace2Grow

Leah holds a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy, and considers herself a forever-student at heart, especially of the Word of God. The last few years have included a 160+ lbs weightloss, and a complete re-working of her "inner man" as she has had to journey from merely what she "knew" to putting that into "ACTION" .. a transformation that so rocked her core, she believes God's calling in her life includes a sense of "urgency," as the body of Christ is fully - knowingly or unknowingly - entrenched in These Last Days, just as Jesus prophesied. She has worked in various forms of professional Customer Service for nearly 20 years, from Mortgages and Banking to Automotive Plastics, and values most the opportunity to mediate and problem-solve. Leah has served over the years in varying roles, from Women's Bible Study Leader to Choir Director to Worship Leading to teaching Sunday School to working faithfully in the Nursery. She loves being a Wife and Aunt and Sister and Daughter and Friend, and loves to read just about anything she can put her hands on. She is always re-learning putting feet and muscle to these things, but she has learned there is incalculable value in "working the plan," and "being faithful with LITTLE so as to be entrusted with MUCH." And she is trusting her beloved God and Savior for the "much" yet to come. You can find more of her musings on her blogs at http://grace2grow.com and http://grace2grow.blogspot.com/, or follow her on Twitter at https://twitter.com/grace2grow

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