We All Have a Story
Today I had the opportunity to participate in “Story Mine,” a radio show hosted by KPCW in Park City, Utah. My writing group was invited to share personal stories on virtually any subject we wanted, the only restriction being that our stories had to be appropriate for family audiences. That wasn’t an issue, because each of us had a story to tell, and our stories were meant for everyone.
I had a phenomenal time, as did my fellow writers. Our stories ranged from heartfelt to hilarious, and they dealt with everything from aspirations to zombies. When we finished recording, we knew that we would be back again. Each of us found that telling our stories for audiences beyond our small group was a moving experience. We discovered that we have more stories to tell.
On my drive home I reflected on the experience and I realized that we all have stories we can share – maybe not with the world, but perhaps with someone we care about – or just with ourselves. Our stories don’t have to be motivational or inspirational, although many have that effect. Sometimes, the stories we tell make us laugh, others make us think, while others make us cry. No matter what story we tell, they all have a common thread: They connect us to our shared human experience.
Do you have a story you’d like to tell? I challenge each of you to think of one. It can be funny, it can be sad, it can be reflective, or it can be a way to get something off your chest. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that telling your story – or stories – can be the first step to creating a new life… if that’s something you want to do.
If we look closely, we’ll see that our stories can show us patterns in our lives that reflect on our true realities – realities that are the result of the thoughts we think. If we decide that we don’t like our stories, the good news is that can change our stories whenever we want. Telling the stories of what has been helps us to tell the stories of what can be. Best of all, our dreams and desires CAN be our stories – and our reality – if we let them out. Our stories are ours alone to tell, and it’s up to us to decide how – and if – we tell them.
About the Author
Appio Hunter is an author, speaker, spiritual guide, and self-described champion for living joyously. He uses his seminars and workshops to facilitate conversations about authenticity, alignment, and the daily experience of community, connection, and joy. Appio is also a weekly columnist with The Good Men Project and co-host of the Real Men Feel Show along with his good friend Andy Grant.