Spin Your Story : We All Have Our Stories

Guest post by Bernadette Ballezza.

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We All Have Our Stories

We all have our stories; intimate stories about our lives that we long to share. Stories about those things that have dearly touched us and stories about things that have cruelly torn us apart; stories about honor, stories about despair.

Our stories are about what happens to us, within us, around us. Our daily joy, grief, the silly times, the lonely times. Some of our stories are about that simple moment in our lives that change us forever. And some are about the significant moments that we wish we could do over.

We add daily to the stories we need to tell. And we let go of the ones that no longer seem meaningful enough to share. These stories we gently lay to rest.

When we listen to each other’s stories we learn about ourselves, and we learn we are not alone. Listening to another’s story, we feel united by common experiences. It is what helps us recognize the hero within and graciously receive the one standing before us.

Our stories need to be told. We search out someone to listen, someone to understand, someone to tell us their stories. This profound connection is essential to our wellness. The telling and the listening are what makes our lives authentic.

Bernadette Ballezza grew up outside of Philadelphia and in 1984 along with her husband Rich, an FBI Agent, transferred to New York. They have 2 sons, Michael lives in NY and Joel lives in Seattle. She has worked for the Mental Health Association in Ulster County NY for the past 25 years in Education & Advocacy. She coordinates a Crisis Response Team as well as a Mentoring program. She is surrounded by people who have truly changed her life for the better.

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