Checking in for Week 24’s task which was to SHARE A STORY with someone while you are out and about this week.
Have you done it yet?
I know this is not the easiest task for everyone.
Sharing a story takes VULNERABILITY.
It produces CONNECTION.
For some of us, this is really hard.
In case you need a little motivation, take a look at the benefits of sharing stories:
From Psychology Today:
1) Realizing that sharing your story can help others–Stories can be very healing and many people benefit from getting the opportunity to pass on their wisdom to others.
2) Finding your voice–What does it mean to “find your voice”? It means learning how to express yourself and learning how to think about what has happened in your life in a way that makes sense…It helps to think about your life as a story with a beginning, a middle, and an end. It helps to think about how the various events—even the bad ones—have been part of a journey toward the person you want to become.
3) Re-affirming your values–Sometimes you learn things about yourself from the act of writing or storytelling. It can be a way to clarify what is important.
4) Finding peace, finding hope–People who have found their voice, shared their story, and reaffirmed their values often find a sense of peace and a hopefulness that they did not have before.
“You truly don’t know who you are until you hear yourself tell the story of your life to someone else.” –-Jin In
“Stories create community, enable us to see through the eyes of other people, and open us to the claims of others.” – Peter Forbes, photographer and author
“Stories are a communal currency of humanity.” –Tahir Shah, in Arabian Nights
“Words are how we think; stories are how we link.” –Christina Baldwin
“The planet does not need more successful people. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds.” – Dalai Lama
Life is more meaningful and purpose-filled with connections.
To be lighter and more loving means being more vulnerable, having more connections, sharing more of our self…through story!
Can’t seem to find the right time or person to share a story with, then feel free to share a story below!
Cheering You on to a Whole Story Connecting Heart,