One of my favorite gifts that I received when I retired last week was this lovely canvas designed by Kelly Rae Roberts. She is a favorite artist of mine since she began her career as a social worker and does this extraordinary art that combines quotes and collage. Even though I don't know her, I feel we share something in common and her art pieces always speak to me. This one says, Your beautifully, messy, complicated Story Matters, Tell It. Don't you just love that? Do you believe that your story matters? Are you telling it?
My Unremarkable Story
One of the reasons that I failed to tell my story in the past was because I believed it was not extraordinary. After all, the story of a shy introvert who was so afraid of her voice that she tried to live under the radar while she waited for permission, waited to be discovered/rescued and waited for her life to be "just right", isn't a story worth telling... is it? To have a story to tell, you need one that's remarkable, don't you? You need to have scaled mountain peaks, and overcome great obstacles, and slain a few dragons. I hadn't done any of that so what was there to tell?
It's All in Your Perception
It wasn't until I started telling my unremarkable story that I learned that telling my story could be an inspiration to others. It could bring comfort, hope, and challenge to someone else who felt the same way. And then this amazing thing happened. As I told my story, it became a remarkable story because through telling it I was no longer the shy introvert who tried be invisible and didn't make a difference or take a risk. I became the shy introvert who moved beyond the story I told myself to the confident, capable, make a difference in the world person that I am (most of the time!) today. That's a remarkable story isn't it? It's a story of overcoming personal challenges, scaling seemingly impossible mountains of doubt and slaying some internal dragons. Turns out there's a lot to tell. And there's a lot of people who need to hear my story to give them the encouragement and the strength to slay their own dragons.
What's Your Story?
Do you believe that you have a story to tell? Are you afraid that it's too unremarkable, too messy, too imperfect, too shameful, too embarrassing to tell? Who needs to hear your story? Begin today to share your story. Maybe you only share it with one person at first. Maybe you start slowly and cautiously, but please start. Because your story does matter. Tell it. Someone is waiting to hear.
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The Call: Perfect Dream, Imperfect Life
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