Through the stories we tell of our lives, we tap into ageless themes and archetypes that suddenly become familiar to us, add greater meaning to our lives, and link us to our ancestors. Our stories are variations of the myths, folk tales, and other sacred stories that have spoken across generations of our inner truths.
Telling our stories strengthens family and community bonds. With so many families living so far apart today, and so many others still suffering from the effects of various hurts over the years spent together, stories can connect families across great distances, be they internal or external. Stories shared create communities of memory and sustain hope for the future. Telling our deeply lived stories makes the implicit explicit, the hidden seen, the unformed formed, and the confusing clear.
As we share our stories that matter most to us, we see we have a lot more in common with others than we may have thought. This connection that is established remains, and cannot help but change our world.