The Stories We Live
Jana Shortal, Breaking the News, KARE 11
Story is connection. Sharing stories helps us understand one another. From the dawn of human existence – story has connected, or divided us. If we don’t honestly share who we are, a divisive world will choose to then, other. Other you, other me, other…them.
So first, who are you as an organization? What is your mission? If you are true to it, the results are the stories of who the mission serves. So always let the served, tell the story.
But you cannot force it. You must earn it. It begins with a bigger table, and more seats. Problem solving has to have the living problems there….saying, naming what they really are.
I can never tell a person’s story better than they, she, or he can. It’s impossible. Stories are lived experiences retold to share, to make change..and most of all, to understand.
I can say, I let people tell their own as much as possible. It’s not my truth to modify someone’s lived experience.
It’s my truth, to hand them the microphone.