Sharing personal stories for insight, understanding, comfort and pleasure
The events in my story have contributed to many, many chapters. There are pages of daily living, suspense, unexpected dramas, challenges, times of great joy, pain, peace, antagonism, fear and gratitude. The plot twists and turns. This is certainly not a 'choose your own adventure' story!
I may share the experience of similar life events with others but my experience of these events is unique and precious to me. My reactions and reflections to the joy, the challenges and the mundaneness shape me. This plot is precious and tells the story of the unique human that I am.
Hearing and reading other people's stories is wonderful. When I truly hear their story I learn so much from their humanity. I learn from their experiences, their reactions and reflections. Their story tells me something of who they are; their strengths, their challenges, their values and beliefs. Through their story I am given a valuable opportunity to re-evaluate my own reactions and responses through a new lens.
I share my story because it helps me to reflect on my experiences and thus grow further. Sharing often brings joy and when others respond to my story I grow in self-understanding. I share my story here and in community in the hope that it may give just one person insight, understanding, comfort or pleasure in the pages of their own unique and precious story.