It is easy to forget sometimes that everyone has a story to tell if we take the time to listen. We are so accustomed to hearing the stories of people in the news that we sometimes lost track of the fact that the random stranger on the bus also has a fascinating story about where they came from and how they got to be where they are now. The sheer variety of paths taken in this world, from farmers to CEOs to homeless people to world travelers, is indicative of how much we can learn from each individual. Sometimes the shy, quiet person at work has the most amazing life story and the biggest dreams it is up to us to take the time to find out.
Some people travel a path of wealth and privilege, while others struggle with only themselves to rely on and both have great stories to tell. Each person learns lessons, makes choices and develops a unique perspective, which only they can claim and share. Even two people who have had very similar lives will have slightly different experience, leading them to a different point of view, so each person remains a treasure trove waiting to be explored. When we take the time to ask questions and listen, we find that every person has a fascinating story to tell and an utterly unique perspective from which to tell it.
Bearing this in mind, we have the opportunity to approach the world around us in a new way. There is never any reason to be bored at a party or on the bus or in a conversation with a stranger. When we retain the spark of curiosity and the warmth required to open someone up, we always have in front of us the makings of a great story. All we have to do is ask.
So, I am asking you… what is your story???? Do you know yours?
But first… some coffee….