How Storytelling Saved My Life

August 7, 2011 by  
Filed under Inspiring People

Sharing our stories allow us to understand and have compassion for ourselves.  It also shows others that none of us are perfect or have perfect lives.  By honestly sharing we create a human community.

By Edward Grinnan, Special to CNN

One spring day 25 years ago, I found myself perched on the 21st floor windowsill of a Denmark hotel room, holding what I thought would be my last alcoholic drink. I planned to give it up in a big way.

For all these years, I never told that story publicly, despite being the editor-in-chief of Guideposts, an interfaith magazine in which ordinary people tell their own stories of hope. My job is to persuade and help people tell those stories.

I’ve long known that such stories are our best medium for forging connections with our fellow human beings. They help span the breach of solipsism to unify the human experience…continued

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