Stories from the heart impact people around the world. It doesn’t matter whether you are young or old; educated, affluent or just making ends meet, the power of a story can change your life. As I thought about this concept I wanted to invite you to join me as I share stories from the heart. I hope you will find meaning and nuggets to make your life better as we take this journey together. In addition I hope my stories will trigger your memories and you will think about and share the stories in your life that have touched your heart; possibly even led you to transformation.
As a life empowerment coach I am constantly looking for ways to help others navigate the transitions in their lives. One of the best ways to find ourselves is to immerse ourselves in the art of storytelling. Stories are timeless. We can listen to a story about a long deceased relative and suddenly we are back in time, imagining how they looked, watching their facial expressions and holding our breath while believing it will end differently this time. Stories capture our hearts and our imaginations.
So why don’t you grab a cup of coffee, tea or your favorite beverage and join me as we cast a net to capture stories that will touch your heart!
The Sound of Rain
Last week we had a rain storm. After a short period of time the heavy rain stopped and a sense of calm pervaded the atmosphere. Listening intently I could hear the rain falling. The sound of rain gently falling on the sunroof in my bathroom reminds me of the warmth and security I felt growing up in a small town in Mississippi. I don’t know about you but the sound of the raindrops falling is very soothing. Usually I feel like snuggling up in a warm blanket and taking a nap or reading a book. When it would rain on a Saturday we would often let up our garage doors, put out chairs and we would have a picnic while watching the rain. The swell of gumbo would fill the air and neighbors would drop in to eat and chat.
Yes, listening to the raindrops falling reminds me of the importance ob being in relationship with other people. My faith, family and friends are the foundations of my life! My pastor has taught us for years that relationships are everything. Surely among the most important things in life are our relationships. Having someone to share the good, bad and in between with is so important. I have been blessed with a great family and friends. That doesn’t mean I haven’t experienced my share of difficulties.
Why Tell Stories From The Heart
Here are three reasons why you and I should willingly share our stories:
- Sharing stories help us to relate to others. When we share our stories we invite others into our world. As a result they get a glimpse of who we are and what we value. This is very important when we are leading others. This allows others to see you as human, approachable and real. This provides a bridge to more conversation and sharing.
- Sharing stories is a great way to start a conversation. People really do not want to follow people they do not know. When we share we allow our relationships to organically develop and over time you develop trust. Trust is the cornerstone for building teams and maintaining serious relationships.
- Sharing stories is like the rain falling on my skylight. As we open up, relate to others and initiate conversation we provide the ingredients necessary to continue to nurture and develop our relationship.
Question: What story from your life do you enjoy sharing with others? What would happen if you shared your story with a complete stranger? You can leave a comment by clicking here.