“Great stories happen to those who tell them.” – Ira Glass
Sunday morning I completed a 10-day meditation retreat. One aspect of the retreat included a nightly discourse where the teacher would explain the theory behind the meditation we had worked on that day. His favorite way, and more importantly his most effective way, to drive home a point was through telling stories. Storytelling has been and will most likely always be the best way to transmit a message to an audience.
I was reminded of this again on Tuesday afternoon when Change Your Life Friday crew sat down with an amazing woman and shared our story. It was a tale of friendship, evolution, support and most importantly inspired change. The four of us sat around a table for two hours and allowed the story to flow with her questions. We had the chance to see how our life had played out over the last four years through new eyes.
As the week rolled on I was listening to The 3 Tenors with my grandfather. He loves opera music and while sitting with him he shared a story of how he started singing at 15. I knew he had sung for his church at one point, but I did not know this was a lifelong endeavor he enjoyed so much. I was shocked because at 28 I feel extremely close to my grandfather and thought I had heard ALL of his stories.
Who cares? The point is storytelling is one of the most powerful things we have in society. It can be used to learn or teach a new skill. Storytelling can help us connect with others and grow in relationships. Sharing a story or listening to a story can also add a new perspective to your life. What is your story?
Affirmation: My story is ever changing, ever growing and always playing out exactly the way it is supposed to. Today I love the story of my life.
Call to Action: What is your story? What is the story that you tell yourself about your life? Is it a tragic tale of loss and lack or is it an amazing adventure of growth and change. Take some time today and see if the story that you play for yourself serves you. If you feel that your story is boring or uninspired and as a result you see yourself that way, refer to the quote above.
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