Seems like us…

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“No matter how fast I run, I can never seem to get away from me…”

–     Lyric from “Bright Baby Blues” by Jackson Browne

Seems like no matter where we go, there we are.  (Thanks for that one, Dad…)

Since every life has a story if our intent is to connect and get deeper, our role is to make a genuine effort to read each story, and the best place to start is with our own.

Knowing the filters we apply and the experiences that color our responses gives us insight to our stories.  As difference makers, if our aim is to really know the stories of others, the best place to start is to know our own, as best we can.

It also helps to have a small, trusted, inner circle of friends and family who will “keep us real.”  One of my closest confidants, a family member and de facto “brother,” told me for years that it was good that I stood on principle so much, but that it might help me to consider whether principles were in play in some scenarios.  He was right in 2005 when he first brought that to my attention, and if I’d have listened to him sooner, I’d have made fewer mistakes.  Knowing our own story is a combination of first person and close, trusted outside perspectives.

This week the Diff focuses on connecting, via stories — our own, others’ and the understanding that every life has a story — and it may be very different than we could ever imagine.

Let’s try this:  Write down the four most important relationships in our careers or jobs right now.  Today.  Let’s ask ourselves how much we know about their stories, and consider how much ours are affecting the way they perceive us.

Tomorrow, we’ll touch on a tool that can help us read others’ stories more frequently and more deeply.  Until then…

 


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