We all benefit from hearing the stories of others. Everyone has a story and it can only benefit others when its told!
For more than 17 years I was the chief executive of a non profit organization that helped people with occupational training and employment. Every month during our board meetings, I would take the time to present a story of someone who’s life was changed because of the opportunities provided by this organization. These stories helped our directors understand the real life implications of the administrative, budget and policy decisions they made. Numbers represent people, stories represent people. People and their stories matter.
This week I had the opportunity to speak to some seniors who soon will be graduating from Florida State University. These students are leaders in a campus ministry and it was their chance to hear from someone with a little life experience!
I had the chance to tell them portions of the story that is Cyndi and my life together. While sometimes I look back at our life and don’t see it as amazing or inspirational, many of these students did! As I was able to answer questions posed from the group, it was only natural to give examples from our life story – true examples that were evidence of lives where there are no coincidences. One of the coolest things that took place that night was the telling of their own stories. While they may only be 22 years old, each of them have a story or at least the beginnings of one. And each story can help someone – but only if it’s told!
My story isn’t over yet! I’m convinced the chapters that are about to unfold will be some of the most exciting yet! While I don’t really have a clear direction for the next chapters, I’m sure they will end in ways that are worth retelling!