When you share your story, it is essential to remember that it’s up to you what you share, who you share it with, and how you share it. You decide the plot twists and choose the characters and their role in the story. You even decide on the ending.
Have you ever noticed yourself telling a story and how it morphs each time we tell it? I believe there are two reasons for this; the first is that we alter the story to leave out the parts we feel inadequate or insecure about. The second is we remember it differently as we add life experience or when our values change.
Have you ever noticed why we tell stories? To share experience, for a laugh, for attention? Being our editor is even more critical. When we truly look inside and think about why we are telling a story and why we are sharing it with that particular person, we will free ourselves.
Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is a helpful tool for identifying the motive behind our actions. Are we feeling a need to feel connection, significance, or love? These are common reasons for the stories we tell.
So the next time you are about to tell a story, ask yourself, what is my motive? What need is telling this story connected to? Am I telling it to the right person? Will it positively impact their day, life, and wellness?
What we say, share, and share impacts others more significant than we recognize. Our words can impact someone’s day in both positive and negative ways. This is true in person, on social media, and in ourselves.
What will your impact be?
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