“Tell your stories. Your neighbors may not understand you, but they will understand your soul. Stories are the last bridge left to allow different cultures to communicate among each other.” -Paulo Coelho from his blog
For many reasons, we’re afraid to tell our own stories.
Maybe we believe people won’t believe us.
Maybe people haven’t believed us in the past.
Maybe it’s too good to be true.
Maybe it’s too bad to be true.
Maybe we think it’s boring, that no one will be interested.
Maybe we think it’s not important to talk about where we’ve been.
Some might tell us it’s not good to stay stuck in the past.
I couldn’t agree more. Did you know we inadvertently stay stuck in our past when we don’t tell our stories?
Telling our stories allows us to “own” them, and let them go.
When you tell your stories, you free them. When you keep them inside, you cage them inside you, causing discomfort for you both.
It’s an act of trust to yourself to tell the truth.