“Every moral has a story
And every story has an end
Every battle has its glory
And its consequence”
Its a fact, I am never bored! I may tire of repetitive everyday mundane activities, but i never ever get bored…. and that’s because i love stories! And you know what?!?!?! Every person in this world has a story to tell if we take the time to listen. Believe it or not the shy, quiet person at work has the most amazing life story and the biggest dreams, it is up to us to take the time to find out.
I look at the NEWS and wonder what the anchor’s story was to get there. I listen to a Director addressing his team and I wonder what made him get on the path he is. I look at a random stranger on the bus and wonder if he had a fun morning or a stressful one and whether he/she also has a fascinating story about where he/she came from and how he/she got to be where he/she is. The sheer variety of paths taken in this world, from farmers to mega successful CEOs; from homeless people to world travellers, from singles to married is indicative of how much we can learn from each person we come across.
Some people travel a path of wealth and privilege, while others struggle with only themselves to rely on, and both have great stories to tell. Each person learns lessons, makes choices, and develops a unique perspective, which only they can claim and share. Even two people who have had very similar lives for instance siblings will have slightly different experiences, leading them to a different point of view. So each person remains a treasure trove waiting to be explored. A Christmas present waiting to be unwrapped. When we take the time to ask questions and listen, we find that every person has a fascinating story to tell and an utterly unique perspective from which to tell it.
Bearing this in mind, we have the opportunity to approach the world around us in a new way. There is never any reason to be bored at a party, or on the bus, or at an airport or train station, in a conversation with a stranger. When we retain the spark of curiosity and the warmth and compassion required to open someone up, we always have in front of us the makings of a great story. All we have to do is ask. And somehow magically you become part of their story, their path and their journey to their destination!