For Monday, February 8, 2016:
“Don’t forget – no one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell.”
Charles de Lint
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
Maya Angelou – I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS
A few days ago, a young friend shared a true story that is so good I encouraged her to expand it into a book. I knew some of her story already, but I learned a lot I’d never heard before and I think many others will benefit from reading her personal experiences.
Each one of us has unique stories, with unique perspectives. Perhaps some are traumatic, as Angelou’s early story was. Still, she found her way through and came to find joy and peace, in part through her writing, in ways that help her readers to do so as well. If she hadn’t told her story – and eventually her stories – the world would be much the poorer.
Others have humorous stories, or funny takes on life, that no one else does. Others have thoughts and insights we need to know about, or poignant, profound responses to life that we can all learn from.
Whether we turn them into fiction, poetry, essay or memoir, our stories help others see the world in a new way, from a deeper, broader, wider point of view. All of us benefit: the one who writes the story and those of us who take them in.
Every time someone shares his or her story, we – and the world, by extension – are made stronger in some way. So please share yours, and thank you for doing so!