life parables

Many of us have come to think of the word parable and the concepts there-in as synonymous with the Bible and the teachings of Jesus.  Linguistically, that is not the whole story.

One definition a parable is: (by David B. Gowler author of “What are they saying about parables” via Wikipedia):
parable is a succinct story, in prose or verse, which illustrates one or more instructive principles, or lessons, or (sometimes) a normative principle. It differs from a fable in that fables use animals, plants, inanimate objects, and forces of nature as characters, while parables generally feature human characters. It is a type of analogy.

To me, it seems, a parable is what we make it and life is full of stories which illustrate principles or lessons.  This is what this section is all about–life parables.  WhileMerriam Webster defines parables as often being fiction, there seem to be lessons learned at every corner in the stories of my life and those I hear relayed by others.  There are also the stories of figures or persons throughout history in this living, breathing world we all co-habitate that I see as equally instructive.

My own personal parable cue is that when I feel a chill, a body visceral response to a story, followed by a new level of awareness or opening of self, that is a parable to me.

Faith and cultural traditions throughout the history of the world from ancient tribes to present day persons tell stories of principles and lessons learned and this is meant to be a continuation of that tradition.  I will add to this section as I go along with stories of my own history, those of guests to this site, and others that have been sprinkled through time, to and for and by us as humans, to learn something.

Because, at the end of the day, isn’t that what this life is all about, learning something new and being better human beings for having taken the journey?

I know I have already learned a lot on my crooked mile so far.  I would love to hear what you have learned, as well.

If you are interested in submitting your own personal “Life Parable” please email me at with your story.  Write in the subject line “Life Parable” so I can identify them.  Thanks so much and I look forward to hearing your stories!