Making a Difference by Telling a Story

“The original definition of courage is to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart.”

― Brené Brown

I was at a luncheon today where we talked about making a difference in our world. And by “our world” they literally meant just the world around us; our families, friends, communities, etc. And one of the speakers talked about owning who we are, knowing what we are passionate about, and pursuing the things that truly matter to us. She talked about these 5 rules to live by, which I have heard my whole life since we got them from the same person.

  1. Right-Do the right thing. In every situation, do the right thing.
  2. Be Transparent- In a world that is ever-changing, ever-moving, ever full of lies and deceit, be transparent. Be real.
  3. Be Respectful- As we interact with the people around us, be mindful of those who have varying viewpoints, religions, political views, etc. Remember that those things are important to them, just as our own views are important to us.
  4. Be Forgiving/Flexible- Remember that we need to be forgiven just as much, if not more, than we need to forgive.
  5. Be Hopeful- Live with hope.

She added a sixth item, which I love; Be Passionate- Find what you are passionate about and pursue it.

As I reflect over the past few weeks-I am putting my thoughts together on this and will post soon-I am reminded over and over throughout the day that life is too short to live it anonymously. Life is too short to not be sure of who we are and what we want. Life is too short for the former to be complicated. The quote I posted at the top of this piece has been on my mind a lot lately. Our personal stories are rarely mainstream. They are not usually pretty or something we really want to share and many times, when we do share, the version we give leaves out the sore spots or parts we are most ashamed of or embarrassed by. And yet, those parts are the ones that make the story ours. Those embarrassing, shameful sub-plots are what have defined us as we grow into who we were meant to be.

Today reaffirmed in my head what this new version of my blog needs to be about. It needs to be what is on my mind and heart. It needs to be honest. It needs to be transparent. It’s the right thing to do. I need to be respectful in the process. And I want to convey the hope that I have in my heart of hearts because of the One who is by definition, Hope.