Many times we think we need extraordinary stories to catch people’s attention.
Although there is a time and place for that, the truth is people need to hear ordinary stories they can relate to. These may be things like your one-year kid crying because he couldn’t find his favorite toy, your three-year old spilling his breakfast bowl, or your teenager shouting as he runs out the door that he won’t be home until midnight when he has not mentioned where he would be going. All of this is happening while you are trying to get out the door and then discover your babysitter is going to be late. People relate to the chaos because it is part of their world as well.
Here are five simple ways to find stories every day.
- Start each day with an attitude of gratitude.
“Every day is God’s gift to you, and how you live it is your gift back.” — Leo Buscaglia
“A bird doesn’t sing because it has the answers. It sings because it has a song.” — Chinese Proverb.
- Expect to find stories.
“Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” — Robert Brault
- Focus on finding stories
“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” — Henry David Thoreau
- Record the stories
“The strongest memory is weaker than the palest ink.”
- Photograph your stories (treasure).
“A picture is worth a thousand words.”
An attitude of gratitude will set you up for more stories than you can count. Henry Thoreau said it well, “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” Perhaps we are not finding stories because we are not focusing on finding stories.
I encourage you to being recording the stories that you find. It may surprise you