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Take Heart!

Episode Summary

What you’re looking for is looking for you. Believe it!

Episode Notes

Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is 60 Seconds for Story Prompt Friday with questions carefully chosen to help you collect stories in the oral tradition or spark your own writing. Either way, you’ll say, “Thanks for the memories.”

When I was much younger than I am now and looking for the love of my life – as maybe we all did at one time or another – and feeling discouraged that it wasn’t happening like in the fairy tales – as maybe we all experienced at one time or another – my dad had wise words for me. He used to say, “Diane, what you’re looking for is looking for you. Take heart. It’s on its way from where it is.”

Over time I found that his words were true. In good times and in bad, whenever I was searching for my purpose, my place, my community, my clients, my livelihood, my prosperity, and so on I could hear dad say, “Diane, what you’re looking for is looking for you. Take heart. It’s on its way from where it is.

Story Prompt: What have you been looking for that’s looking for you? Share that story!

Practical Tip: The magic of stories is also in the sharing. If you wish share your story with someone or something.   All that matters is you have a story.

Diane F. Wyzgahttps://www.quartermoonstoryarts.net/
Remember the first time you rode a bike and took your hands off the handlebars? And then because it felt fun and daring you did it again - and again - riding down a hill with the wind in your face, arms up over your head screaming, “Look, ma! No hands!” You showed up. You did it. The arc of my professional career stretches from serving as a US Navy officer and nurse, corporate businesswoman, lawyer, platform storyteller, and professor before shifting into a solopreneur as a litigation consultant, wordsmith-er/editor, noted podcaster, and story consultant who was lucky enough to scuba dive the Continental Shelf, become a pilot, hike the Rocky Mountains with Outward Bound, kayak off the coast of Mexico, parachute out of a perfectly good plane, walk the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, and so much more. Over my lifetime I've been letting go of the handlebars but - just as often - having my fingers pried off when I’ve been most afraid. At some of the darkest moments in my life where the true way was wholly lost to me, a person or opportunity beckoned and I said "Yes!" That’s the place where the story changed. This is my life purpose: Helping women identify, sort out and transform unclear messages into confident, connection-making stories, and those stories into powerful sequels. How? 30 years of story work in courtrooms, boardrooms, universities, retreat settings and more has taught me that story principles are key to conscious connection. Together we distill hazy ideas into easily understood metaphors and direct emotional language using words with power, passion, and precision so your message, your story rings true and achieves desired outcomes. My media company has three interlocking components: Quarter Moon Story Arts: "Shaping stories into sequels." Stories From Women Who Walk (podcast): "Like magic, the sorcery of stories is this: they help each of us to be seen and heard, to understand and be understood." My Life As Compost (blog): "What matters in our life is not what happens to us but how we respond, transform the difficulty into advantage, and tell *that* story."

6 COMMENTS

  1. Diane, your dads words ring so true!
    “Diane, what you’re looking for is looking for you. Take heart. It’s on its way from where it is.”

    The Universe has its timing.
    That whole idea of searching …ends when you find it! And we will find it when the Universe knows we are ready.

    I’m not searching… I’m trusting that the Universe has everything set up for me to exist is at my very best.

    Love the. setting with music and your voice talking to us,, this was really magical in its delivery.

    Thank you Diane🙏

    • Thank you for your kind words, Paula ~
      I finally figured out my way around here. Although I can see that there are many more back alleys to explore.
      You are right: if we could just let go & trust what we say: timing and location. So many times when I’ve surrendered that’s the place where the magic began. Many of these episodes are reminders and teachings to me which I hope to finally learn.
      The music is a composition of my singer/songwriter/recording artist/composer/author brother-in-law called Mer’s Waltz from Crossing the Waters album. He wrote it for my sister. The Intro/Outro music for my guest interviews is also from that same album, entitled Entering Erdenheim. I’m glad it all appeals to you ~ Diane

  2. When I was a girl, my family would go skiing in Norway. Usually on Wednesdays there would be dancing in the evening at the hotel/hostel.

    Whenever I hear your theme music, Diane, I am brought back to this kind of evenings where everybody danced with everybody, there was lots of laughter when people who knew the local dances tried to teach us newbies, but heck, “you know these flatlanders can’t ski, so what would make you think that they can dance?”

    Your father was a wise man. His words bring up the quote “the teacher shows up when the student is ready.” It can be right in front of us but if we are not ready for it, we don’t reach out for it, and if it forces itself, we downright reject it.

    • Hello, Charlotte ~
      I have the keys to the kingdom!
      The images created of your childhood remind me of another time long ago & far away. I imagine the same might be true of you?
      Dancing in the evening – where do we still dance together of an evening? My folks were square dancers but I didn’t pick it up. We danced polkas in my family at every event: wedding, christening, funerals. I learned 1-2-3, 1-2-3 at a very young age. Here on the Island they began community contra dancing but I was too new & too shy to show up. Maybe when COVID is lifted they’ll begin anew. Like the way you describe here: laughter, newbies being taught, community.
      I imagine that dad is pleased to be looking out from wherever he might be – now that he & mom and so many others have walked on ahead of us – to know that his words are of use.
      Thank you for sharing here ~ Diane

  3. I have become a big fan of your story prompts, Diane. The combination of the music, the stories, and the prompts that make my mind run free, are absolutely delightful. And the fact that I love Whidbey also makes me smile…(I lived in Seattle for 15 years).

    • That is so wonderful, Kimberly! We could be a mutual fan club of each other’s work!
      I owe so much to my brother-in-law, Steve Schuch, and his music under the Night Heron label. The podcasts would be half of what they are without his music. No matter how many times I hear Mer’s Waltz (which underscores 60 Seconds) or Entering Erdenheim (which is the intro/outro for guests) I’m just tickled that it worked out this way.
      I’m also delighted to read that the Story Prompts have some use for you. I’ll never know where all of these broadcasts are ending up (except for the analytics I see on Simplecast) so I take comfort in knowing they are going where they belong – like magic.
      Every good wish & it’s so grand to be tagged in the Mother Ship like so many others here ~ Diane

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