It seems there is a lot of buzz these days about the impact and power of storytelling. Business gurus continually advise that we should tell our story to get our business message across. Books have been written about the art of storytelling. Contests exist for people to compete in telling the best story. I love a good story as much as the next person; and yes, I agree it is a more interesting way to communicate. But being able to tell a good story has always been a challenge for me because I’m just too darned pragmatic. I struggle to find anything interesting enough in my day-to-day world to inspire the colorful words, embellishments, or descriptions that paint a good picture for a reader or listener. Be efficient and lay it out in bullet points, right?
So maybe I don’t have any good stories right now about my life that are interesting enough to tell. But I absolutely do have access to some really GREAT stories! At A Wish For You, I am privileged have an inside view to heartwarming stories every single day! When someone sends a Wish Package, a personal note is included to the recipient and there is always a story behind those words. For example, here is one of the personal messages that was sent in a Wish Package this past week:
Thank God the doctor’s news was good! Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers!
I don’t know the details behind this message, but I can certainly conjure up all types of stories from this note. Maybe Lucy is expecting a baby and the obstetrician got her test results back. Maybe Lucy’s husband can take off his cast and they can go skiing! Maybe Lucy won’t need surgery?! There are a hundred situations that could be the case; but the point is that this story is real and intriguing.
The best part is that I know behind this Wish Package is an amazing story and Jeanie is sharing in Lucy’s good news. Lucy is loved and Jeanie shared her heart and happiness for Lucy with her. Imagine how this made Lucy feel. Imagine how Jeanie felt sending such warm encouragement to Lucy! Maybe I don’t have funny or interesting stories of my own. But I am lucky enough to be a witness every day to real stories that others tell, and I get to play a very small part helping them get told. That is my best story!!
Jodi Henson is the Co-Founder of A Wish For You (www.awishforyou.net), an online portal where customers can create Wish Packages to send to others with whom they want to show support, encouragement, and uplifting wishes. Jodi is also a Business Consultant for the Florida SBDC helping small businesses succeed. She lives on Amelia Island in Florida with her husband.