Tell your story! Seriously, once you share the hard stuff, several things happen: * it’s not as devastating because it’s no longer hidden * you actually “hear” it as told to someone else and often make more sense of it * your story helps someone * you take away the paralyzing power of what happened to you, and find redemptive power in the telling * you look back from a new perspective, perhaps more wisdom, or compassion for the person you were.
We don’t stay the same. Though your story may not change, how you respond to it can. You may gain insight. Or resolve.
I’ll tell you right now that I KNOW you have been through challenges, or hard times, or good times, and that you learned something to either NOT repeat again, or that helped you survive, or made life bearable.
Yes, my dear, you can glean from those things. AND, sometimes realizing that our story is valuable happens as we are just telling someone about something that happened in our life.
It doesn’t have to be big. It is usually just us living our lives, daily working through.
But, when we share those daily walks with another person, somehow it becomes even more real in the telling. We realize that we were (are) powerful and creative problem solvers, and so many other things.
And the person listening says that they are so glad to hear us tell it (our story),
or that they never thought of that,
or that it’s amazing to realize that they weren’t the only one…..
There is so much power in our stories, in our lives.
So, don’t be afraid to share your story. You will find others with chapters of the same. A kinship. A support.