by Chip Jones.
How a Story Changed My Health and My Life
Eating, and a variety of different foods, was always something that was just there in the background growing up, with the benefits of organic foods being an almost alien concept. Processed goods and microwave meals, it didn’t matter to me; a means to an end and seemingly not important. How wrong I was and I’d need something really big to shake me out of this mindset I was locked into. That was when I came to fully appreciate the power of storytelling and the effect it was to have on my life.
A Turning Point
Change always comes when you least expect it and no truer words have been said than when I chanced upon a story written by Paul and Leslie from Voyageur Storytelling. Some mention that words have a healing power and, with just the right combination, you can create an unprecedented transformation. I don’t know if this is the case for other people, but all I can say is it happened to me.
Chancing upon an event run by them both I overheard the words that were to have such an effect. Celebrating the power of storytelling, they were speaking out loud as they performed the emotions behind their words. I was enraptured by everything they said, especially their fresh perspective on health, taking care of the mind, body and soul. The profound transformation that was to take place with my new organic lifestyle may have been unexpected, but it felt so right as if I’d always been heading towards this point.
A New Road
When you hear a story it has the power to transport you lifting you up and out of yourself. Surrounded by the tranquility of the great outdoors, their words resonated with me through to my core with the rustling of the trees outside. Experiencing a new way of viewing life I finally could see what I was doing to my health and the environment.
Later I heard of recipes and ways of living the ideal organic life with both ease and simplicity. There was no end to the possibilities open to me now. Ever since their storytelling transported me to their world and opened that door there was no turning back. I was organic for life.
When I think back to before meeting Paul and Leslie and that evening when I happened to come across their storytelling, it seems like a distant memory. I can’t imagine a non-organic lifestyle as it just seems like common sense now. The amount of toxins I was putting into my body horrifies me.
The power of a story takes hold as it passes from one person to another. I am now far healthier thanks to naturally based organic foods and I owe it all to their stories and words, something which I carry with me to this day. Still reading their work, I pass it on to others in the hope it will bring joy to their lives as it has mine.
As I look to the future with fond memories of that evening where a simple story changed my life, I hold a new hope for the future. Storytelling is something I will always hold close to my heart. This I hope will change the world around me as I continue to espouse the virtues of an organic diet.