When I was a kid, sometimes my mom would overhear me asking friends, family, (people I just met), very personal questions. She would tell me I was being nosey, and I would always say, “I’m not nosey, I’m just interested!”
That interest led to a career as a television reporter where it was my job to be interested (nosey). I relished the opportunity to ask real, thoughtful questions and elicit real, thoughtful answers. And most importantly, I cherished the impact those stories had on both the story teller and the audience.
I believe when we share our stories we begin to understand ourselves a little bit better and when we listen to the thoughts, hopes, and fears of others, we become more empathetic, and ultimately, better people.
I want to talk to you, your neighbor, your best friend about the important and trivial moments in our lives. We’ll talk about new jobs, old friends, big plans, little annoyances, happy memories, and tough challenges.
And by doing so, I hope we’ll remind ourselves that we’re more alike than we’re different, and at the end of the day, we’re all in it together.
We all have a story to tell. And when we share our stories, we share a gift that is uniquely ours to give.