This came out of a writing exercise. Choose to work with a quote that you have memorized. Choose a title – before or after you write it. Write for about 10 minutes on what this quote means to you and how it might apply to others.

Don’t let the truth get in the way of a good story

Story Seeking

As a truth-seeker I know that ‘the truth’ can only ever be sought and never found. I’ve realized that the best one can do is to tell a good story. In an effort to tell that story one begins with something resembling the truth as they know it and begins to weave in the imaginings of a demented mind.

We are a tribe that grew up on stories. We hunger for them still – never sated. We yearn to be moved by words, by the actions, thoughts and worlds of others – ‘real’ or imagined.

There is no one ‘truth’. There is only mine and yours, ours and theirs. Many realities, many perceptions, many stories. So, although I thought I had to know’ to write – I don’t. I only have to string the words together in an electrifying fashion (and not profess them to be true).

I don’t want what I think I need to know get in the way of telling a good story. So, don’t get stuck in what you think you know to be true. The truth is – you don’t ‘know’. Just tell your story.

Maraya Loza Koxahn


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