The other day I was relaying to my middle daughter a scene from my high school days. I was attempting to relate to her how I was not too different from her and her personality. No easy task, actually. It was an attempt to show her our similarities, her now to me then. So I thought it important to actually take the time to somehow reveal this truth. As I was telling her my anecdote from my youth, all of a sudden another aspect of that moment in time, well hidden in years of not talking about those events, came to the surface of my mind.
It was as if a light turned on. Bright. Clear. Aspects of my self I had forgotten literally were re-revealed to me. For that reason, I continued to share even more of my story with her from back in the day.
What I learned from this experience is that retelling a story reveals yet another story. And another. This exercise showed me the power of story. How they live to produce other stories.
I wonder if sometimes we fear we don’t have a story to tell and so we just don’t. We don’t even attempt to recall.
Today I want to encourage you to start. Just start right where you are. And discover what stories have been hidden inside of you.
Or perhaps a prompt is what we may need to get a story primed. Maybe we feel stuck and we do need help getting the many narratives out of our hearts and minds.
While preparing this post, I did a search on Pinterest >>> “personal history”. This search rendered many ideas about stories and story prompts and ideas for recording one’s history. One could get lost researching this vast topic just on Pinterest alone. It’s one idea to discover a few story ideas.
Another idea to prime those many stories within us…use the Deck Of Days Cards from the Storyline Collection. Pick a card or two. Read it. Think about it. Write in response to the prompt. It could be a bullet point list. It could be a single paragraph. It could be a full blown story. But here’s my challenge: respond. Respond with the written word. I cannot say this enough. Not only is there an energy that is found when we begin to write. There is also a creativity created that fuels those stories. It’s powerful. And it’s so important.
It does not have to be perfect. You can write in your own hand. You can type it. Or use your computer and print it out. Just respond to the prompt. Keep it simple. Don’t complicate the process.
Storyline is all about the telling and showing of our stories simply. It’s a powerful tool to aid in getting our beautiful stories, even the hard ones, down on paper.
Life will pass us by whether we write it down or not. But at what quality do we want to live this life? Writing our story gives us perspective. A deeper meaning and insight into who we are.
Not only that, but it also leaves love and appreciation for those who will come along and engage in those stories told.
So all this to say: put Storyline to work for you, for your photos, and for your stories. Everything you need to keep it simple yet interesting all in one collection.
Because you will never regret writing it down and telling your story.
Supplies: Heidi Swapp Storyline Collection