Telling Your Bigger Story

Telling Your Bigger Story

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Illuminated path in Mønsted Limestone Mines, Denmark. Two persons are walking on the pathway with their mobile phone lights on in this 15 s exposure. Image: Slaunger via Wikimedia Commons, for the September-October Photo Challenge,  “Light on the move.” This image has nothing apparently to do with the blog post topic yet I loved it, and whenever we pair two things, as meaning-making mammals, we find a connection.

 

Today’s post is about telling a big enough story.

My soul-colleague came to me this morning with a lot of anxiety and a great need for fundraising. She had only explored the tip of the iceberg of monies needed, it turned out. How to help her embrace this without more anxiety?

I was happy she was self-aware enough to bring me the emotional side of the issue as well as the money side. We explored the anxiety.

I also helped her to tell herself the Bigger Story about what she is actually doing. It’s amazing, with ramifications far beyond what she had originally seen. (That’s why it felt so huge: it is!)

Next, I’ll work with her organization’s Board to do that with them: tell a Bigger Story. That will inspire them (in the same meeting) to work seasonal-smart so I can teach them to use Winter to do RESEARCH into funding sources. It’s quiet, traffic is slower, and the roads stink in these parts. It’s a great time to travel online to sources untapped. (To everything its season. See our categories for working with the seasons, on our blogsite, over at the left.)

We also used flower essences. I test people for them, give them, and it helps them. If this aspect or any other described in this post interests you, write in with a question as a comment to this post, and I’ll answer it!

Here is another photo I found to describe what happened today:

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Line drawing of the book How to Work Wonders With Words by the North American Institute of Chicago, Illinois. Advertisement from the pulp magazine Amazing Stories (April 1926, vol. 1, no. 1). Author: Unknown, via Wikimedia Commons.

Her words and my words worked the wonders. That’s all we use: words! (OK, and the ephemeral stuff. And occasionally, flower essences. And money.) She felt much better. She wanted to take a nap! I take that as significant progress indicator. Relief and a new perspective can feel like a lovely nap coming on. Then we are rested and can tell the big story to others, out loud.

Here is another post about telling yourself the right story. And here is a personal post about its importance in my own life and vocation. Here are all our posts on Stories.

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