The Power of Stories

Carol A. Hand

Our stories can tell us who we are
Or who we want to be
They can reveal our inner thoughts
So even we can see
Do we choose stories that foster fear
Or awaken hope and unity

It’s our power to choose which to believe
Stories can enslave or set us free
They can give us strength in darkest times
And give us a reason to be
They can unlock the secrets of our hearts
Like a magic golden key

golden key

Image: Microsoft Word Clip Art

May your stories continue to unlock peace and joy


Note: This post was inspired by all of the wonderful bloggers whose stories touch my heart and broaden my horizons. Chi miigwetch (Ojibwe thank you very much).


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About Carol A. Hand

What matters are not the titles I’ve held or university degrees I earned or the size of a house or bank account. It’s really what I’ve learned from ordinary people like me whom I’ve met along the way. They taught me to live with gratitude and give thanks for each new day.
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24 Responses to The Power of Stories

  1. Just as your stories touch ours. God bless you and keep you Carol.

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  2. Beauty. Truth. Wisdom. Thanks. 🙂

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  3. Beautiful, Carol. I love stories. As a child, they expanded my world and gave me hope of overcoming the oppressor’s hate.

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  4. Maremma Gee says:

    And our story is ongoing…

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  5. So true, Maremma. Thank you for your comments 🙂


  6. Very nice Carol! you are an inspiring woman!

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  7. Lovely Carol. If we believe that what we see is molded by perception, then it’s all stories and we have the power to write them as we wish. Yours are always filled with peace, longing, and wisdom. 🙂

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  8. Wonderful! Sharing on Twitter & FB. Wishing you peace, love and Carol. 🙂

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  9. This is pure greatness, Carol! I love, love, love it. 🙂 ❤

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  10. PS. Like Bette, I had to share this on FB and Google! 🙂

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  11. desilef says:

    Carol, just saw this about the Truth and Reconciliation report in Canada, exposing the horrors of the residential schools and proposing remedies. It’s time for this to happen here, too, and the stories you’ve collected bear witness.

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    • A very hopeful development, Diane. Thank you so much for sharing this.

      I have often noticed the difference between Canada and the U.S. with respect to their willingness to look critically at Indian child welfare/cultural genocide issues both in policy and research.

      At least in the short term (given Trump and crew), I have very little hope that the US will be open to any type of constructive reconciliation.

      So for now, I’ll just keep writing even though it’s harder on some days than others. (Today’s stories included more destructive consequences of county child welfare interventions. And I wonder if any one will really listen or care…)


  12. Thom Hickey says:

    Thanks. Glad to be reminded that we are a storytelling, story remembering, species. Thanks for so many thought provoking posts this year. Regards Thom.

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