I was shocked when one of my High School friends called me. We hadn’t spoken in probably 40 years.
All my friends got together at our High School Reunion and since I wasn’t there (I’ve never attended) my name came up and Gary was nominated to call me and get the story.
Gary said, “man you are squared away. I still don’t know where I’m going or why I do things.”
After we talked, I thought about how hard I worked to analyze, define and articulate the insight from my story.
I remembered why.
We make sense of the world by telling and listening to stories. We get a sense of the healing power of story, a dimension not readily obvious.
Stories are a handbook for life. They inform, guide, and inspire in the art of living a powerful life under any circumstance.
The power of story reveals what cannot be taught, authenticity, and the depths within you.
The advice you always hear to know yourself, journal, and codify your thoughts through writing tells you to figure out and articulate the healing power of your story because it is crucial to a powerful life in three ways:
- You find your center. The source of repose and strength that is known, held and adhered to when difficulties arise.
- Discover what excites you and integrate it into your personal journey.
- When you see that you’ve transformed, you discover your authenticity, the truth that was always there. That’s your inner teacher, the absolute guru. You don’t just know it. You discovered the liberating truth through your own experience.
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