I talk about stories a lot — because they matter! Just the act of embracing and recording our stories can be healing. Our stories also might help someone else know how to walk through issues in their life. Sharing them with our families can create and preserve a family legacy.
Author and teacher Ray Buckley says in his book Dancing with Words “there is both physical and psychological healing associated with the telling of our personal stories. We seem to be able to offer and identify the positives in our stories and confront the conflicts. In the same sense, others who hear our stories and relate to our experiences cease to be ‘others’ and are pulled into community with us. It is through the act of sharing our stories that all are made aware that ‘I am not alone.’ ”
I helped hundreds of people tell their unique stories as a feature writer for our local news outlet. As a reporter, I learned to seek out the “who, what, when, where, why and how” to create stories for our readers. And, in local workshops I’ve helped folks write their stories, both for themselves and for publication.
I’ve created a tool that offers both inspiration and guidance to anyone wishing to capture and share their life stories. I’m happy to share it upon request, but you might find it most useful if I walk through it with you in a workshop or as a message for your club, group or church. For more information, drop me a line through the CONTACT tab here.
You can also request a copy a book I self-published titled One Man’s Work. It’s a collection of my Dad’s stories. Read more about it here.
“Our own life is the thing that most influences and shapes our outlook, our tendencies, our choices and our decisions. It is the force that orients us toward the future, and yet we don’t give it a second thought, much less a careful examination. It’s time to listen to our story.” ~ Dan Allender in To Be Told