If you want to connect with a friend, romantic interest, or acquaintance, or even an audience, it’s easy to do so through the power of storytelling. Storytelling is sharing a part of yourself with other people so they can see your true soul. You are creating your story from the day you are born; it’s your own personal narrative, and the stories of your life may be able to touch, heal, and motivate others.
When someone shares a story about things that have happened in their life, it shows they have a vulnerable side. It allows the listener to get to know the person on a deeper level, whether they have known each other for years or if they are new acquaintances. A person who talks about their everyday experiences shows that they are an average person, doing the same thing that the person they are speaking with does, and this can tie the two people together.
People want to connect with someone they can relate to, and they feel emotions when the person is telling the story. When the person you are sharing a story with sees your eyes and hears the words of your story coming out of your mouth, they know that you are directing your energy and attention to them, making them feel important.
Being vulnerable and sharing life experiences allows people around you to see your raw emotions, and emotions are contagious. When you show sadness, anger, remorse, grief, regret, and even humor, it will be noticeable in your body language and tone. This is going to make your listener feel like they know you, and this allows them to trust you and open up themselves.
When you have opened yourself up to another person with storytelling, it’s going to prompt the other person to do the same. The listener is going to dig deep within their past to share stories about things that have happened to them to strengthen the bond that the two of you are forming. Through storytelling, people can heal hurts, start new friendships, and develop important business relationships.
Sometimes it may not be comfortable to share some stories that have helped shape your life, but when you do, you show a sense of trust in the other person. You are telling them they are safe to share a part of your life with, and you both gain strength through the storytelling. It can inspire the person and give them hope and encouragement in their own life. Storytelling can change the way that we communicate as friends, do business, and even change our society if people are honest and true.
If you are looking to connect with the people around you and in your life, and you want pure and honest friendships with people who can truly know you, use the power of storytelling and open yourself up. Telling your story can help you feel better about the things that have happened in your life, and stories can help inspire and motivate people all around you. Keep your ears and heart open and you, too, will learn and grow from listening to other people’s stories.
I want to share a special story from my own life that has had such an impact on our whole family.
When I married my husband, I was blessed with a wonderful pair of new in-laws, a second set of parents. My father-in-law was a great man and really loved his family. He was a snazzy dresser, and it was a family joke that he had absolutely no bum. I soon learned that his rear-end had been badly burned in a plane crash while serving in the Air Force when he was a young man. I knew that he had spent several months in a hospital recovering from the plane crash.
He never talked about the war. Roy passed away about fifteen years ago. After his death we received a letter from a man who had served with him. This kind gentleman told us Roy’s story. It was powerful and comforting for our family. We all wished we had known his story while he was still alive so we could have had the opportunity to ask questions and to hear his story from him. While we respect that Roy chose not to share this chapter in his life, we all cherish the story that was told by his friend. It is with very loving memories that I share his story with you.
Below is Reid Walker’s story in his own words:
26 May, 99
Dear Mrs. Roy Markert,
(Wheatie & Family)
I was saddened by the news of Roy’s death. He was a very special friend.
When I talked at Christmas time, he said that he wasn’t in the best of health. On my birthday, 19th of April, it was strange that I thought I should call Roy and see how he was getting along. It was like I had gotten a message from him. Strange when he had passed away in March.
Roy became a very special friend when we were in the Army Air Force together. I can tell you and your family it was a real sad day when we heard that one of our planes had had a very bad crash in Aden, Saudi Arabia, and that all aboard were killed, but that was (not so.)
I was in HQ Operation on the rear group of planes. We landed in Aden two days later to check and report on the planes we had lost. It was then I learned that all had not been killed in the crash. It was then I learned what a hero Roy had been. He was one of the first to get out without any injury, but he heard others calling for help.
Roy went back into the crashed and burning plane and found others alive but under cargo the plane was loaded with. He was able to dig out several injured personnel on the plane, M/Sgt. Murphy, Major Eagan, and others, I don’t remember their names, but by doing this Roy was badly injured and almost lost his own life. He got out, I think, five or six others.
I don’t know whether he told you any of this or not. He didn’t like to talk about it. This is the real story how he got so badly injured. If he has not told you all this, he should have, but knowing Roy and those troubled times, I’m not too surprised if he didn’t talk about it or tell you.
I’m sorry that we didn’t correspond more over the years and not just at Christmas-time with cards. One of my fondest memories is when Mary and I had a chance to visit you. We went to our motel and you took us to dinner, and then we had a long visit in our room.
Mary passed away in December 1995, and our only daughter Carolyn died December 1996 (brain tumor). I have three grandchildren, John and Shelby, in their twenties, from Carolyn’s first marriage, and Tommy, seven, from her second marriage.
My sympathy to you and your family,
Reid E. Walker
I hope this beautiful story shared by Mr. Walker demonstrates the power of storytelling and how much it can impact your life. I never got to meet Mr. Walker, but I feel like I know him from his story, and it warms my heart to know these two men who served our country were both proud and honorable. In loving memory of them both – – Roy R. Markert & Reid E. Walker, real-life heroes. May their story live on with you.