What’s your story? You know what I’m talking about. What story have you lived that left an indelible mark on your heart and your life? The story that’s unique and makes your life different from mine. The one that taught you lessons and left wisdom in its wake. Maybe you have more than one. If you’ve really been paying attention, maybe you have several stories that shaped and changed you and left you with insights other people should hear.
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”Maya Angelou
Are you thinking of sharing your story? Today, I’m sharing 3 good reasons you should.
Sharing your story helps you.
Sharing your story requires undertaking a journey of understanding yourself. Who are you and how has your story impacted the person you’ve become? How have the experiences you’ve lived shaped the person you are today?
How have you grown? How has your perspective on life changed? How have your beliefs shifted and evolved?
Sharing your story requires processing your experiences and mining them for wisdom and insights you can share with others. What have you learned along your path that can help other people in the journeys they’re on today?
Sharing your story allows you to create meaning from the things that happen in life, even the bad ones. When we examine our experiences, even the ones we’d never have chosen, and find ways to use them to help and serve, we are able to bring good from bad, meaning from mess, help from hurt.
Sharing your story helps other people.
Sharing your story can encourage others on their own path. You can help others see that what they’re going through is survivable. And that a new day is on the horizon.
Sharing your story can equip others for their journey. When you share what you learned along the way, you can help others with wisdom, knowledge and practical help for whatever it is they’re facing.
Sharing your story gives others courage to share theirs. When we bravely share the truth about the good and bad of life, we give others permission to share their own stories. Courage is contagious.
Sharing your story helps the world.
Because stories provide a means for us to connect with and serve one another, we are able to find common ground through shared experiences. Our backgrounds and perspectives may be completely different, but everyone knows what it means to experience joy and loss, love and pain, fear and success.
There’s a saying that goes, “The shortest distance between two hearts is a story.” Is it time to share yours?