With a title like that you might hope the author gets right to the answer and if this is the case, then you can just move on. It’s not that easy. I’m actually certain that if you asked 100 people that question less than half will have an answer at the ready; about 20 will just want you to spit it out and spare them the lecture; 50 will keep guessing even though you tell them to stop…and of that 50, half will begin their own dissertation on why their guess was right. In a sense everyone’s answer is right to a degree.
Just knowing the answer however, is not what is powerful… are you taking action with that information and with this powerful thing that we all already possess?
That’s right…there’s nothing for you to obtain here. You already own this thing/object/item. It’s yours. It has always been with you and will always be with you. Always!
You possessed it before the date of your birth and it will follow you beyond your departure from this realm. Some of you don’t even know that people are talking about it before you enter a room…and yet there are others whose entire existence revolves around the notion that people are talking about it. 😉
What is this powerful thing?
Have you figured it out?
It is your story.
Don’t be confused about this notion. This story I speak of is not the edited and published version that you “one-day” hope to share with the world. This is not the “unauthorized biography” secretly authored behind your back. Nor is it the story blended through the rumor-mills around us without any evidence of fact.
Your story does not have to have a “Storybook” ending before it has power. Your story is not a series of chapters carefully picked out in order to sell an idea, a concept or the triumph of victory.
Conversely we’re not talking about the very well rehearsed story heard as the prelude for “CO-MIZZZ-ER-ATING”…whereby the self-proclaimed speaker of the house ushers in his/her unwilling audience just for the purpose of keeping the crabs in the barrel.
The story I speak of is yours and my current state of affairs, objectives and intentions. Your story and my story from the point of “RIGHT NOW” is the most powerful thing that you possess…RIGHT NOW!
Right Now is the point of impact. It is where the hammer hits the nail on the head. Right now is where people want to be met, consoled, intervened and communed with. People cannot wait for your victory dance, the media coverage, press junket and Oprah interview in order to wait and see if they identify with your story.
People, as in the rest of the world, are interested in knowing in this very moment who, out there, understands them…accepts them…is going through what they’re going through and can offer some assistance or company. People want to know that they’re not alone.
What a relief it is to know that when you’re going through a trial or tribulation that you’re not the only one going through this scenario and that perhaps someone else knows what to do. Sometimes both of you together can figure a better way out. In the book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon writes, two are better than one…if one should fall the other is there to help them…and also a three-braided cord is hardest to cut. I paraphrased but essentially we all (by now) understand the power of community and teamwork.
So what will you do with your story?
Are you currently sharing in a way that helps others?
Are you writing down your experiences so that you can share with your children, family or friends?
Begin chronicling without regard for finishing per se. Tomorrow is promised to no one. If someone were to begin reading the chapters of my life and each chapter compelled them to read on…I would have done my job if they came upon an unfinished sentence and turned to a blank page, because I wrote in the moment and then the moments were no more.
What say you?