At one point I made the statement that none of us was present on the planet to live an ordinary life and that regardless of spiritual beliefs, we are here to fulfill a larger purpose than mere existence itself. I was a little taken aback by the person who disagreed with that concept and insisted that most inhabitants were, at best, ordinary. Fortunately, that opinion seemed to be a solitary one and I sensed that the balance of people took to heart the idea that they had something of value to share with their world.
So, here's a list of a few things that I learned about relating stories:
- it's not about the grammar, punctuation or spelling
- it's not even about how you got from here to there (or there to here)
- it is about your experiences and your memory of them
- the reader or listener will connect with how the event/story made you feel
- answering the news reporter's who, what, when and where is a good story outline
- supplying the what and how creates interest and flow
- it is a good idea to supply your opinion or thoughts on the matter (this is why they are reading your account)
- there is something to learn in everyone's story
- if you don't tell your stories, who will?
- each of us eventually wants to know where and who we came from
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- even though the next generation may not be interested today, they will be eventually
- relating all the historical details is not the same as relating a story