Sharing your story is heart work. That’s why I’ve been writing openly about healing, for free, for almost 4 years now. Baring your heart isn’t easy work, but it might become the most important thing you’ll ever do. These are the quotes I’ve gathered that speak to the importance of our stories — our showing up for them, our telling them, our communion through them.
When I was little, I would write secretly, not a soul save my own allowed to see what I wrote. Tragedy taught me many things and one of them was this: sharing is its own healing.
Your story? It matters.
We are here to experience stories — to live them, to share them, to transcend them. Holding your story captive, whether by not sharing it or by not letting it evolve, robs the planet of what your heart is here to reveal.
I shared a heartfelt post on the bravery of sharing your story earlier this week, where I suggested that we not hide what might heal or be healed. It’s not my job to tell you what to do, surely, I’m just sharing one of the lessons I’ve plucked from my own healing journey.
By the way, thanks for bearing with me while I bare my heart.
The oddities and the tragedies and the joys we’ve experienced could become someone else’s hope, the star they look to for comfort and guidance while they continue their own journey. Who are we not to offer the truths that might help heal?
You don’t need to share everything, but I do think being truthful is important in helping the darkness unravel until you can see the specks of light throughout your experiences.
When I started writing openly, it wasn’t because I was fully confident in my abilities to share. My story has evolved. My artwork and “heart work” is not perfect, but has grown more beautiful. I can go deeper now without getting lost in the darkness (though sometimes I still do).
By sharing, I’ve confirmed that I’m not alone in this world. I’ve seen other hearts hurting and sharing and healing too.
That’s what truth-telling is: letting others see what’s in your heart. You do it not to remain victim to the story, but to liberate yourself from the past and empower yourself and those listening to choose what comes next.
I hope these quotes serve your willingness to share your story, even if you start small. You’re not an island.
Sharing Your Story Is Heart Work
1. “After nourishment, shelter, and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” — Philip Pullman
2. “The fact of storytelling hints at a fundamental human unease, hints at human imperfection. Where there is perfection there is no story to tell.” – Ben Okri
3. “Stories are a communal currency of humanity.” — Tahir Shah“When you’re sharing, it offers the opportunity for someone to help you.” — Marala Scott #healing tell a friend
5. “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” — Maya Angelou
6. “Sharing our truths can provide the opportunity for great healing.” — Kristen Noel
7. “Your heartache is someone else’s hope. If you make it through, somebody else is going to make it through. Tell your story.” — Kim McManus“When I am afraid to speak is when I speak. That is when it is most important.” — Nayyirah Waheed #healing affirm this
9. “There is a surrendering to your story and then a knowing that you don’t have to stay in your story.” — Colette Baron Reid
10. “You are not your illness. You have an individual story to tell. You have a name, a history, a personality. Staying yourself is part of the battle.” — Julian Seifter
11. “Tears are words that need to be written.” — Paulo Coelho
12. “Tell the story of the mountain you climbed. Your words could become a page in someone else’s survival guide.” — Morgan Harper Nichols“Part of the #healing process is sharing with other people who care.” — Jerry Cantrell remind a friend
14. “Our collective stories and experience can be the greatest textbooks of life. But with every shameful story stuffed away, we bypass the chance to expand and connect — a missed opportunity slipped through our fingers.” — Kristen Noel
15. “You’re not a victim for sharing your story. You are a survivor setting the world on fire with your truth. And you never know who needs your light, your warmth and raging courage.” — Alex Elle
16. “Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.” — Brené Brown“Sometimes the most #healing thing to do is remind ourselves over and over and over, other people feel this too.” — Andrea Gibson share this
18. “Other people are going to find healing in your wounds. Your greatest life messages and your most effective ministry will come out of your deepest hurts.”— Rick Warren
19. “The courage it takes to share your story might be the very thing someone else needs to open their heart to hope.” — Unknown
20. “The purpose of a storyteller is not to tell you how to think, but to give you questions to think upon.” — Brandon Sanderson
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In the comments below, tell me:
What’s one daily or weekly practice you can engage in to help you share the story that’s in your heart? (writing even just one sentence or truth, painting, speaking to a close friend or to yourself in a mirror, posting online, etc.)
Share these thoughts with a caring soul.
Share in order to free yourself. You’ll awaken that same freedom in others who have witnessed your story.
Only ever love,