In short, tiny stories are the many experiences of your life.
Sounds a lot like a memory, doesn’t it? It’s not that simple.
The dictionary defines a memory as: the mental capacity or faculty of retaining and reviving facts, events, impressions, etc., or of recalling or recognizing previous experiences.
While your tiny stories embody a memory—whether past or living—they’re not just the ability or the act of remembrance. In fact, leaving it at 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, even, your 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.
Your tiny stories are about how you see.
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 total strangers.
Your tiny stories are about how you see these people and about the impact they’ve had on your life.
I’ve got a free exercise for you on that called Notice Your People. Click here to access it.
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, unfolded, and shaped you into 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.
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 lived so far. I’m ambitious, driving, and have many dreams. Those don’t go away, but spending time in my tiny story list releases the rush to hurry through life.
Your tiny story list should breathe contentment, or, at the very least, aid as a guide to the steps you need to take receive spiritual peace.
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