If we were having coffee 10/23/20….

If we were having coffee…..

If we were having coffee, I know that this time I’d talk way too much. I’d be bursting to tell you about the journey I took without ever leaving my house!

You see…I have been followed by land mines. The trip wires weren’t in the ground. They were in my voice. They were the stories and experiences that, if shared, could implode and cause….WHAT? I was never quite sure but I was very careful of my voice… For my whole life my stories were told quietly because of fear of the WHAT!

So this week I decided to meditate. In meditation I journeyed all the way to WHAT. I found it. I stared at it. And I asked what it would do if I finally used my voice. I never got a decisive answer. Instead of an answer, I received my freedom.

Confronting that nebulous WHAT seemed to take away all of its power over me. And when I realized that it wasn’t half as scary as I thought it was, my voice and my stories all bubbled to the surface… Suddenly, they all belong to me. They were mine, and mine alone.

No more worrying about the WHAT.

Let the stories begin!

I’m glad you’re here.

15 thoughts on “If we were having coffee 10/23/20….

  1. Hi Dinah. I think you are new to the group and I want to welcome you. I’m a newer blogger (at least I feel new) but have been a constant visitor to this coffee share for just over 2 1/2 years now. These are good people. They have encouraged me, taught me, tolerated some of my stranger tastes in topics, and shared both pains and pleasures with me.

    I enjoyed your quick tour of how your stories found their way out. My daughter was the one who released mine. After a family funeral, I mentioned how I regret all the loss of oral history our family loses when one of our members pass and her response was that she loves my oral stories of growing up and that I should both write them down and post them to a blog.

    I knew a few things about writing stories, but had never written my own history and I knew nothing about standing up a blog. About 3+ years later, I have quite a collection I share and, with the help of many, have functional blog from which I share them.

    I hope you like the group enough to return each weekend. I have some danish blood and would love to have a friend from Denmark. My family connections are so far back that I could not point to a living Danish relative now.

    Welcome ! Come sit with us and share some of your stories.


    1. Hi Gary!
      Thank you for your welcome and for your kind words! Yes, I am brand new to the group… And brand new to blogging! I am not incredibly skilled with technology so I’m trying to figure this all out. At this point, it’s a little daunting but I believe it’ll come with some time and practice. A new friend of mine, Ra Avis… A long time Blogger, is helping me figure all this out. She’s amazingly patient!

      Yes… I hope to be back here each week sharing stories. I’m excited to finally free all the stuff that I’ve held back for ridiculous reasons!

      Now I am looking forward to checking out your stories as well. I think we can all learn from each other… Coping, survival, and finding joy in the little things are all learned skills!

      I may have misunderstood you but it sounds like you might be thinking that I am from Denmark. I’m not… I’m in the US.

      Thanks for your support! And happy writing!


      1. Hello again Dinah. I did think you were from Denmark. My mistake but new friends who share stories are always welcome. I too know a thing or two about blogging and (shockingly) have a few opinions to boot. I chose to try and make my stories accessible and entertaining so they did not read like dry autobiographies. This turned into a model where each one is 2K words or less, vivid mental images and funny. Some of the crazy stuff that I got into as a child, teen and even young adult really is just plain funny so it’s been lots of fun. I’ve been offered lots of help so am looking to pay it forward like several someones did for me. If you’d like to test read some of my collection, I’d be thrilled to host you of course, You can find them in my DOT collection at: https://garyawilsonstories.wordpress.com/ But be ready to laugh. Some of them are really wild rides.


  2. Love the title of your blog! Elephants are my favorites, too. Welcome to the weekend coffee share and hope to hear more of your stories of What. I hope you’ll find the blogosphere warm and kind as I did when I started some years back. Thanks for coffee!

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by! I just launched my blog this week. I still have so much to learn! But, even though the technology stuff is a bit daunting, I’m really excited about this new opportunity!
      Looking forward to seeing you next week 😃

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  3. Welcome to #WeekendCoffeeShare. I really hope to read more of your stories. That’s so wonderful that you were able to stare down the WHAT of your sharing your stories and realized it wasn’t half as scary as you’d imagined it.

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    1. Hi!
      Yes…and even though I’ve only been doing this a week, I’m jumping into the deep end of the pool and doing Nanopablano too!

      Certainly you can use the meme. And the only one that needs credit is Ann Lamott. It’s her quote.

      Thanks so much for stopping by ♥️


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