Is Your Story Really Yours?


Is your story really yours?
Yesterday, my friend Val asked the question “What is your back story?” You can read the post here:

After reading her post, it made me think about my own story and how important it is to only share ours.

There’s no doubt about it, stories have the power to connect people, inspire them, and at times, even change the world. Our stories are a way of expressing ourselves and communicating our experiences, beliefs, and values. And when we share our own story it can become a powerful tool for personal growth and healing.

How many times have you ever heard a speaker tell the “Starfish Story?” It kinda starts like this, ”One day I was walking on the beach and I saw a young boy picking up starfish and throwing back into the water….”

❓Sound familiar❓

The point is, I bet there are 1000 speakers that use that story and say it happened to them. The problem is, it didn’t. The story itself was part of an essay written by Loren Eiseley in 1969. Now there is nothing wrong with “sharing” the story, just don’t take the credit.

When we share someone else's story without acknowledging them, we are essentially taking away their voice. Not to mention, the fact that it’s misleading.

Now, when we share our own story, we are taking ownership of our experiences and using our voice to express ourselves authentically.

This is SO empowering! It allows us to connect with people on a much deeper level. We create empathy and understanding at a level someone who isn’t transparent will rarely ever experience.

Sharing our story, our experiences, out testimony, offers people hope while inspiring them to better themselves which will create a ripple effect of vulnerability, authenticity, and connection.

Your life is full of great stuff. Start making a list of things that have happened to you, things you have overcome and even challenges you have faced that are still a thorn in your side. Then write about those experiences by answering questions like these.

👉 How did you feel?

👉 What did you learn?

👉 How did it affect you?

👉 Knowing what you know now, what would you have done differently?

Before you know it, you will have material that is all yours. Now go, start sharing our own stories.

Let’s create a more compassionate and connected world through transparency and vulnerability.

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