For most of us, we don’t think there is anything worth writing about in our own story. However, God has created each of us with a uniqueness that can’t be denied. Each story is important. Each life has merit and purpose. Every journey can help another to get through theirs.
Jesus used stories throughout His ministry. They were called parables – an earthly story with a heavenly meaning. Our stories aren’t filled with divine wisdom, but there may be something we can share that will serve as an example for someone else. When you’ve reached your final years of life, you have a bounty of experience and knowledge to pass on. Unfortunately, our society doesn’t always revere or respect its elderly population. Maybe we just don’t have the time to sit down and listen for a while. Maybe we should make time.
When we share our story with others, the truth of it will resonate with them. Either that or we will bore them to tears. I’ve discovered in my time of blogging, that some of my most difficult decisions – my struggles – my failures and successes seem to hold the most interest. People truly will connect with you, if you can show them something from your life that has a lesson attached to it.
As I work with a group of other writers to create a series of episodes designed for people entering their golden years, I’m astounded to hear all the amazing stories. Some of them are heartbreaking while others make us laugh until we cry. Some of them never make it beyond the editing stage. Maybe these stories are a sort of therapy for us to get through this dreadful virus, but even if that’s all that comes from it, it’s something good. As with any collaboration, the stories mushroom as they remind us of similar events. And the beat goes on.
Our own personal history may seem run of the mill to us, but to one who is experiencing a similar situation, it can be a wellspring. Don’t be afraid to share your story. It may make a heap of difference to someone today.