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Be-longing … over the years

Magic this period, coming from one year, going into another one. Be-longing is a picture I painted walking from 2016 into 2017. Surprise, surprise, the topic persists in 2018 and wants to be further explored. This year I listened to Brené Brown’s last book Braving the wilderness, The quest for true belonging and the courage to stand alone.

In the first chapter, Brené Brown quotes Dr. Maya Angelou:

You are only free when you realize you belong to no place.
You belong every place. no place at all.
The price is high, the reward is great.

The price is high, yes. ‘You belong to no place’ sounds scaring and at the same time it means a wonderful liberation. Isn’t it, that we spend a lot of effort in pleasing, impressing, self-exploiting … out of the longing ‘to belong’. And if we belonged every place, we can stop this exhausting effort. This reminds me one of Gerald Hüther’s video that also touched me last year.

He illustrates how much effort we conduct to reach significance in the outer world. A paradigm shift is needed, a deep understanding that by being ourselves, we are already significant. Being ourself is not only an easy task. It needs courage. In some relationships, we may not please and fulfill other’s expectations.

And of course it is a deeply human need to connect, a natural longing for community. How can we bridge the ‘Be’ and the ‘Longing’. This needs dialogue, the ability to agree and to disagree. Through mutual understanding of each other’s diversity, transformation and a deeper connection can happen.

Thinking about Re-Authoring Futures, the topic of our Beyond Storytelling Conference in 2018, my contribution to the future organizational world is creating awareness for personal, team and organizational identity, strengthen its authentic communication and creating spaces for dialogue&transformation. So that a ‘B-onfire feeling’ can emerge, a sense of ‚Be-Longing’. StoryWork is a space, approach, methodology, it is a vehicle on this path.

Let your story work, share it’s beauty and dare to be-long!

Ticketing for Beyond Storytelling has started, 8th/9th of June in Hamburg. Curious? Get inspired. Click here for more info regarding the conference for storytelling and narrative work in organizations: www.beyondstorytelling.com.

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