Have you ever read or listened to someone’s story and thought: “That’s exactly what I needed to hear today”?
When a person stands and shares their story in an empowering way, it not only heals them, but it heals others as well.
"Stuck in the same old story, many of us remain so entrenched in tales of victimization and martyrdom that we can scarcely imagine an alternate, positive or redemptive reading of the text of our lives. Perhaps because we have been taught to view life through one particular lens, we simply don’t see other, more inspiring versions of our tale that could liberate us.” -Unknown
“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” -Brené Brown
Psychology Professor Timothy D. Wilson suggests that writing your story of pain and tragedy will help you overcome, because labeling the experience and your reaction to it gives it life again. He says, “Once an emotional upheaval is put into words, it is easier for people to get past it. They sleep better, pay attention to other things in their worlds, and can become better friends to others.”
I once heard this joke:
“Man goes to Doctor. Says he’s depressed, that life is harsh and cruel. Says he feels all alone in a threatening world. Doctor says, ‘Treatment is simple. The great clown Pagliacci is in town tonight. Go see him. That should pick you up.’ Man bursts into tears and says, ‘But doctor….I am Pagliacci.”
If you’ve been reading my blogs since January of this year, I have asked you to consider some important topics: