Everyone Has a Story: Janet Kronbach

Today’s mini-interview is with Janet Kronbach. Read below as she tells us about some of her dreams, the discipline she’s found to be helpful, and the thing she’ll never cross off her bucket list.

Janet with her husband, Dave, at Kapellbrücke in Switzerland - Photo provided by Janet Kronbach and used with permission

Janet with her husband, Dave, at Kapellbrücke in Switzerland – Photo provided by Janet Kronbach and used with permission

What is one of your dreams for your life?
Colorful, creative, connected living. Showing hospitality to others and inviting them to tell and process their own story, using art, nature, sound and movement. That “ah-ha” moment when someone gains personal insight and perspective, as they are telling their own story, brings me a lot of joy and satisfaction!

What is something on your bucket list?
Hmmm… I feel like I’m living my bucket list. I’ve lived in Africa, Asia and we just moved to Europe, where we are settling into life in Budapest, Hungary. I am drawn to the beauty of water, so I’d love to explore Croatia, the land of 1000 islands! 🙂 Something I will never cross off of my bucket list, but which is always a pursuit for me, is my spiritual journey, understanding my own story in light of God’s story. It seems there are always new perspectives and areas to discover on that spiritual journey! That delights and challenges me!

What is the best advice you ever received?
“I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.” This wise advice, from Saint Paul (in Philippians) is right in line with Appreciative Inquiry. Or rather, I guess that Appreciative Inquiry (AI), or the discipline of positive change, is in line with Paul! AI suggests that, rather than trying to “fix” what isn’t working in our lives, that we pay attention to those things which inspire positive and uplifting thoughts… that we focus on the best, on what is working well, and… build on that! I’ve found this discipline helpful, especially when I’m tempted to get mired down in the sorrowful places in my life.

“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Pretty good advice!

Thanks for sharing your time and story with us, Janet!

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