We All Have A Story, Share Yours
Throughout our life we are constantly challenged with obstacles that seem to be placed in our path at the most inopportune times, or so we think. At the time in our journey that we are facing our life obstacles, sometimes big and sometimes small, we think of them as a negative thorn in our progression as a person. Not always, but often, we overcome our obstacles and in retrospect we notice, “wow there was a purpose in that battle. I needed to have that challenge for xyz reason.” When we look back sometimes these “Thorns” turn out to be stars that shine a light on an issue we have that we need to work on to progress in this life. Sometimes these challenges come in to our life to help nudge us in a different direction. Often when we are on the edge of a breakthrough, or self enlightenment, the universe will challenge us again before we can make that next step in growth. Knowing this can be an important factor in how we approach the situation; physically, mentally, and spiritually. Even thought we have an understanding that our obstacles can serve a great purpose in our life, it still doesn’t make it easy to personally go through. Growth is hard, sometimes even painful. Growth is made to break us, often to help us rebuild.
So…….what does overcoming challenges and obstacles have to do with the importance of sharing our story? Well, the challenges and obstacles we battle ultimately make up an important narrative in who we were, who we are, and where we want to go. The stories of our battles describe wins and loses and how we achieved or how we reacted. When we open up and share these stories, we have the opportunity to have a significant impact on two types of people:
- Other People
*Sharing our story to impact others
There isn’t anything in our life that we will go through that someone else hasn’t already gone through. Think of the biggest obstacle in your life? There is a very likely chance that someone has dealt with a very similar obstacle and shared their experiences, both good and bad. When we have the opportunity to read these stories they provide us with valuable insight into our own life and our own obstacles.
Reading other peoples stories:
- Can give us hope
- They can teach us life lessons
- They can inspire us
- They can give us a sense of reality
- They can provide insight into what could be next
When we share our story, no matter how big or small, we are ultimately helping someone else who could be currently going through a similar battle. If we are helping a million people, a thousand people, a hundred people, or even just one person, the impact of our story could possibly be be life changing. There is a purpose for our obstacles in life and I believe that sharing our successes, and even failures, through storytelling (books, videos, social media, blogs, etc.) is a way of repaying the world and spreading love. Sharing our story is another way to create a ripple effect of love through kindness, inspiration, and hope. The ripple effect can easily spread on to hundreds of people, without us even realizing the profound impact our story can have on others. Sharing our story is an act of kindness, sometimes to people we don’t even know.
Do you know the impact that acts of kindness can have on the world?
“Viewing, receiving, and performing kind acts can lead to calmness, relaxation, less headaches, eased pain, lower blood pressure and increased energy levels.”
“Kindness has also shown to cause decreased levels of loneliness and helplessness; as well as an increased sense of euphoria, exhilaration, satisfaction, and well being.”
“Social scientists have conducted experiments demonstrating that the effect of a single act of kindness can in fact ripple through a social network, setting off chains of generosity that reach far beyond the original act.”
“Researchers from the University of California, San Diego and Harvard provide the first laboratory evidence that cooperative behavior is contagious and that it spreads from person to person to person. When people benefit from kindness they “pay it forward” by helping others who were not originally involved, and this creates a cascade of cooperation that influences dozens more in a social network.
Sharing our story to impact ourselves:
The benefits of sharing our story has been proven, through studies and research, to spark a cascade of kindness and love throughout the universe. While this is an amazing result of sharing our story, there is another person that can be greatly impacted by giving a voice to our challenges and obstacles: YOU.
When we share our story we ultimately “find our own voice.” We learn how to express ourselves and we learn to think about what has happened in our life and make sense of the challenges and obstacles we have faced. Once I started to write and blog, I quickly starting to say “wow if this didn’t happen, I never would have done this, learned this, met this person. I started to connect the dots about how the events in my life, good and baad, have all impacted my life journey in ways that were equally powerful.
Another powerful advantage in sharing our story, is the ability to confirm our life values. We learn a lot about who we want to be, who we are, and where we want to go through events in our life. By sharing these stories we continue to learn and evaluate our journey and often gain deeper clarity.
“Research has shown that when we give of ourselves, especially if we start young, everything from life satisfaction to self-realization and physical health is significantly improved. Mortality is delayed, depression is reduced and well-being and good fortune are increased.”
So, Why should we share our story? I think it can be summed up with a powerful quote from a great philosopher:
“With Great Power, Comes Great Responsibility,” Ben Parker, Spiderman’s Uncle.
We have a great power (the obstacles and challenges we have faced in our life journey) and this power carries a great responsibility (the responsibility to share our story to help others and help ourselves).