According to Ed Catmull – founder of Pixar – we don’t share our stories anymore, because we get stuck or attached to fabricated stories that are often stand-ins for real actions.

I also believe that we keep quiet because we are afraid that we will be judged, or that our story is not good enough or not important. By keeping it to ourselves or hearing how others share untrue versions of our story, we give much power to those around us, who can then choose how they perceive or tell our stories.

In sharing our story, there is healing and it enables us to take back the power. I agree with Eugene Peterson that we should quit feeling sorry for people who suffer and instead look up to them and learn from them and participate if they let us.

Participation is in the way of telling and sharing our stories and listening and appreciating others’ stories. This way, we can encourage each other. We don’t focus on helping others but we rather participate in their stories in ways that we are able to. Shared stories are a base from where the community of women can learn from each other.

Let us share our stories …

©Liesl – Thymeforstories