Everyone Has a Story to Tell
“Everyone has a story to tell.” This is a phrase commonly heard but widely disregarded. I was reminded of the power of this wise saying this past weekend as I had the opportunity to spend a lot of time with a particular individual. The more time we spent alone together, the more we were able to talk, communicate openly, and share our personal stories. As we shared our most intimate and sensitive experiences, I realized that there was an emotional connection being formed between us. I also felt that our mutual understanding and appreciation for each other had reached another level.
Regardless of where my relationship goes with this person, I believe that this principle and aspect of interpersonal communication is eternal. As Stephen Covey taught, the more we seek to understand those around us, the more of an appreciation we develop for them. I have learned this lesson some time ago but I find myself relearning it over and over again as I fall into the trap of categorizing others. Every single one of us has different experiences that causes us to act in a way that is different from our peers. The more I can understand this, the more respect and appreciation I can develop for my fellow man. May we all seek to have greater respect for others by realizing that literally everyone has a story to tell.
I was motivated to write this blog post as a follow-up to a classmate’s blog. If you are interested in reading it, the link is found here: https://mcom2017.wordpress.com/2017/04/09/why-storytelling-matters/