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"This I Believe" - Second Installment - Mikayla Briggs (#12)
This I Believe
I believe that every story matters
A coworker of mine made an interesting observation during one of our shifts over the summer: “People don’t have conversations anymore. They just go back and forth talking about themselves”, he said. The three of us that heard him say this were all stunned at the truth in the statement. People don’t pay attention to each other very well. We don’t make an effort to learn about other people and try to gain perspective outside of our own. Listening is skill we collectively lack. Everyone has a story to tell. Every person has a past and a future. Every person is mourning something and celebrating something.
So many individuals have bought into the lie that they have nothing worthwhile to give to their friends, family, or environment in general. It is my belief that most of this could be resolved if we took the time to actively listen and engage with each other’s stories. Every story matters.
As human beings, we have this inherent need to share life with each other. People need people because life isn’t meant to be done alone.Simply giving someone undivided attention to listen to a story they want to be exposed can do wonders. Talking is something we’re all good at. Like my coworker pointed out, we are very good at talking about ourselves. It is a great thing to share stories, but it is even greater when we take the time to also listen to others and let them know that they’ve been heard. Acting like every story and person has infinite value sparks a chain reaction. So much so that maybe, just maybe, the world will start to believe it.
First Post: http://cophilosophy.blogspot.com/2015/11/this-i-believe-first-installment.html
Photo - http://kaitlynbouchillon.com/2014/10/internets-take-story/