In short, tiny stories are the experiences of your life—from your perspective.
Sounds a lot like a memory, doesn’t it? It’s not that simple.
The dictionary defines a memory as: something remembered from the past; a recollection.
While your tiny stories embody a memory—whether past or living—they’re not just the act of remembrance. In fact, leaving it at that—simply remembering a piece of your life—is a missed opportunity. Instead, you’ll use your tiny stories as ingredients for a meaningful recipe in your life or brand.
So you see, your tiny stories are many wonderful things…
Tiny stories are guides.
Tiny stories are insight.
Tiny stories are opportunities for rich connection.
Tiny stories are the bud of new, meaningful experiences.
Tiny stories even make you memorable within your brand.
Tiny stories are all around you. They’re in you.
They’re with you from the past, in the present, and available for your future.
They’re in the joy of your days.
They’re in your worries and in your dreams.
They’re hidden in the cloud of things forgotten, overlooked, and dismissed.
Your tiny stories are right under your nose… you just have to slow down, take notice, and respond well.
Your tiny stories are about you.
They’re about your people. Your love, your children, your parents, grandparents, siblings, your friendships, neighbors, community, your mentors, and your customers or clients. They’re the people of today and of the strangers you used to know.
Sometimes, they’re even about actual total strangers.
Your tiny stories are about how you see these people and about the impact they’ve had on your life.
Your tiny stories are about meaningful places. Your home. Your home away from home. Past homes. Your BFF’s home, growing up, where you used to spend so much of your time. Where you’ve learned. Where you’ve let your guard down. Where your heart was broken. Where you’ve explored your passions.
They’re about the places that molded and shaped who you are today.
Your tiny stories are about all seasons of life.
They’re of familiar, predictable traditions and also of foreign, unexpected newness.
They’re of firsts and lasts, hellos and goodbyes, births and deaths and everything in between—celebrated and mundane.
They’re about what lights you up and also about the darkness you’ve endured.
Some tiny stories are unfinished.
Some tiny stories have ended. Sometimes they ended in good timing; sometimes they ended too soon.
Sometimes tiny stories feel like nostalgia and warmth.
Sometimes they feel like fear and anguish.
Sometimes they feel like ah-ha moments and new perspective.
They’re pretty colorful, those tiny stories of yours.
All I know is that in a society that cultivates a feeling of never being “enough,” when I see my tiny story collection from a bird’s-eye view, I feel fulfillment for the life I’ve already lived.
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