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Tell Your Own Story

Like the Delaney Sisters’ book, Having Our Say, The First 100 Years suggest: Tell your own story. Consider the advantage of telling your truth about yourself in the manner that best suits you. What would happen if each of us took ownership of our own life story and shared those memorable snapshots that matter most to us? 


Some could propose, “I’m gone; I don’t care.” Sadly, in most cases, someone will receive this responsibility to craft what to say regarding you. Why not let it be the one who knows the most about the subject? You. Me. Us. Tell your own story. Let’s do it together. Let’s have at it! Let’s share our stories.


The Benefits of Telling Your Own Story 

Taking time to tell your story creates a first-person perspective vantage point. Only you can impose unique nuances that establish the inner motivation of what happened. It speaks volumes. Only you know why. You may not know how to tell your story, but someone does. Get some help. We all have different giftings. Some are keen storytellers and writers. Some have a great flair for a gift-of-gab. Welcome that person’s input, and by all means, “Have Your Say.”


One idea is to generate a list of moments that come to mind. Don’t force it; just jot down your memories until they stop surfacing. We see life through the lens of our experiences, so inviting a trusted confidant or someone who’s known you for a long time to help you wrestle through what to share might prove a valuable asset. This individual can help you flesh through the authenticity or accuracy of those accounts as you recall them. This approach provides balance and helps you with painful or disappointing memories which may have skewed your vision so much that your recall has altered how you tell your story. Who wants to live in the shadow of misunderstanding and misinterpretation? Not me. What about you? When you begin to tell your own story through healthy reality, your story thrives. 


Another benefit of telling your own story stems from a responsibility to the generations behind you. The narrative must hold integrity and honesty. Well, not every sorted detail, but the unvarnished truth. We’ve all had some good days and probably some sleepless nights too. May these truths inspire you to share snapshots of life that harness the power to lift those ages coming behind you.


Why not give your loved one a template from which to work? As one who helps families grapple with what to include in telling a passed away loved one’s story, let me tell you, gathering the details that help create a last and final account of a person’s life proves overwhelming and heart-wrenching. Often in the aftermath, the family realizes that key memories or huge story gaps are missing. If you provide a roadmap for them, your loved ones won’t experience this hardship.


Why not give your family a close-out gift of love? Build your story, brick by brick. Tell your own story with every brick of info you’ve chosen to share, to include, to bless those left with the responsibility of completing what you have to say. Leave them a frame to finish your story. Remember, a day is coming when neither of us will have an opportunity to tell our story. Leave your thumbprint on your last story and alleviate undue stress for your family or friends.


Please take a proactive approach in telling your own story. Begin with your list and get feedback from someone you trust to help shape your story facts. Now, start a lively story to share with families and friends. I’m excited for you. 


How about it?

Have Your Say While You Have a Say. Tell your own story. Yes!


If you want help with telling your story, contact us at http://yourlaststory.com/contact.


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