Storytelling is as old as mankind and plays an important role in society. It benefits the teller who relives the experience. Whether the experience is good or bad, the telling thereof is liberating. It also benefits the reader because every story has a vein of gold.
We have heard the most amazing stories from the most unexpected sources. Even in the most mundane life there is opportunity for music and beauty and colour.
Your story is important—not only to those who are close to you. We would love to hear about it as well. It can be long or short, it may take the form of a poem, a song or a drawing. Regardless of your chosen expression, we encourage you to share a story so that we can all be that little bit richer from your experience.
Listed below are some ways to consider telling your story. Please do this because we cannot afford your story to be lost.
Snapshot – Your Story
Death will come to us all, but before it does, tell the story of your life.
Whether you like it or not, you are a living history and your experiences are invaluable. I’ve been lucky enough to hear one man’s story about seeing the testing of an Atomic Bomb in the Pacific Ocean. Another lady shared with me how she and her husband fostered children for 24 years, and a friend of mine told me about his experience supporting a Leper Village in India. Each story was amazing, and each was unique. Yours will be too.
Sometimes life turns out bitter. We do things that are wrong, and we suffer the anguish of carrying this with us every day of our life. In his book, Opening Up, James Pennebaker tells us why it is good to share a story even if it is a terrible story. This too is important before death as it can help be at peace when our time comes. People have shared their darkest secrets and in so doing, were released from the burden they had been carrying for years. We are not here to judge, but to simply listen. If you need to open up, please do—we do not publish or disclose this information.
Pearls of Wisdom
If you have lived, you will have collected pearls of wisdom on the journey. We will be grateful if you will share your wisdom with us. King Solomon wrote the book of Proverbs. Perhaps you can help us write the book of modern proverbs or simply give us life tips that you have learnt along the way.
It is a gift to be able to create poetry. Whether the words are soft and gentle or harsh and searing, they are valuable to us. Please share your poetry and perhaps the context. We would love to share it with others.