Our stories connect us
Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.
Henry David Thoreau
The enemy of our soul is the experience of anonymity.
Thoreau was misguided in his instinct to separate himself from the people around him and to envision their lives as empty and useless.
The source of desperation is not doing the same thing over and over. It is having our stories torn away from us, the recognition of our humanness rejected and diminished.
When we tell stories, we come alive. The world resonates and imprints. We get close to each other, wink and giggle and sigh and gasp. We ease into the community of people, knowing that in a critical way the people around us recognize us, value us.
Every story fights off the uncertainty and fear, the anonymity that leads to that desperation.
So be confident when you go out, take your story with you, tell it to the world .