I don’t often read “list posts.”
And I rarely write them.
Story. That’s what it’s about for me. The content that matters most to me, that affects me deepest, is stories. Sometimes with a lesson attached. Takeaways are cool. But stories do what nothing else can. They bypass the scan-filter, draw me in, immerse me in the experience. Even if for a moment. They don’t have to be long. Takeaway or not, I am swept away. I’m moved. And that’s enough.
Funny thing is, that’s what I like to write as well. And if you look at the work that’s shared most over time her in our tribe, it’s almost always story-driven.
Sure, I’m more than capable of sharing tips and strategies, even making a list or two. But the thing I love doing more than anything is telling a story that in some way touches something. Lights something up. Makes you question. Or feel. Or ponder. Or melt. Or rise.
In order to have stories to tell, you need to live your own story. (click to tweet)
Every day. Or as often as possible.
You’ve got to live enough to have something to say.
Something drawn not from books or blogs or videos or magazines or TV or movies.
It’s got to be about you and the world. Your visceral experience. Your lens.
Live first. Then tell.
Or as Thoreau said:
How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.
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