Every story has to begin somewhere.
And at some point, every story must decide to end.
Generally speaking, stories, by their very nature, are finite creations. That’s why we’re so drawn to them. They’re from a different time and place. They transport us away from our present reality. Stories are filled with conflict and joy, humor and pain, but in the end, they all with resolution.
For us to acknowledge the integrity of the story, we must also recognize their revelation of time. When they begin, a setting has always been created, and when they end, there is a level of ongoingness to them. The “Once Upon a Time’s” and “Happily Ever After’s” indicate as much. They are part of a much larger story, the story of the universe, and for that we can be grateful.
So that’s where we’ll begin. The following contains a collection of stories, some from long ago, and some still unfolding, but all a part of this much greater story. There will be joy and heartache, and I’m sure lots of laughs, but they all are illustrative of the reality of authentic life.