Other people’s stories

I often wonder what people’s stories are; the woman in front of me at the checkout line with food stamps, the guy that just angrily honked his horn because I would not drive over the speed limit.  And what about that overweight person who is at the local drugstore buying chips and soda?  And then there is the guy with all the tattoos and piercings who I would not want to meet alone in a dark alley.  What are their stories?

In my recent post ‘Easy to Label, Easy to Judge’ I started the post with the following –

I don’t know about you, but it is easy for me to label and judge people.  I see a news story with an interview taking place about some controversy and I label the person and then I judge.  It is easy to do, but much more difficult to not do!

I think I label and judge because of my opinions, beliefs and views on different aspects of life.  I do not like to be labeled and I certainly do not like to be judged by others – so, I should not label and judge others, but it is so easy to do.

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In today’s post I write the following –

The judgement of the woman in the checkout line or the driver who is angry with me or the overweight person buying chips or the guy with the tattoos all have stories.  But I do not know their stories and I guess I will never know.

We all have a story; successes, misfortunes, missed opportunities, lack of love, love from the right person, a broken relationship, a job loss, a family/friend loss, a birth, an illness, the list goes on.  The stories of our lives make us who we are and what we are.  Whether a brief encounter or just people watching, I wonder what people’s stories are.

There is a good article ‘The Stories We Don’t Tell’ on the website psychologytoday.com and the author has an encounter with other people and writes the following –

“How come we don’t tell each other our stories?” one of the men mused.

It is a question that preoccupies me. Our lives are, in a sense, a series of stories. When we are gone, the stories will be gone. If we don’t tell them, no one will.

“I’ve always wanted to write my stories down,” one man said. “Maybe it’s time now, so they’re not lost.”

“Me too,” said a woman. “I have a lot of stories to tell.”

So I think and ask again –

I often wonder what people’s stories are; what are their stories?

I have a story – the woman in the checkout line, the driver, the person in the drugstore and the guy with the tattoos, they have stories too.

My story is being written in this blog – but I guess I will never know their stories.

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34 thoughts on “Other people’s stories

  1. Thanks for writing this. It really is true we all have our own story. As you know I am writing mine just as you are! It is hard and every time I push publish I worry. The other day I had a big moment of anxiety and thought WHAT am I doing oh no! I realized I was exposing myself to people all over who could possibly read these written words that can’t be taken back!! ha ha so I think for most people it is scary! I am continuing as scary as it it because I have had people tell me it might help someone, anyone. As I have told you before your story will help those reading it!! Lynn

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  2. I passed this post along to my wife and she agreed completely. If we really thought for a second that there’s a story behind every face we face maybe…just maybe…we’d be less judgmental and more compassionate at the same time.

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  3. I love this post….I am a people watcher and sit and wonder myself about who and what they (the people) are all about…I try to never judge and I don’t like to be judged…..out stories, our lives…I feel I have several, I am on my third marriage and each marriage was a story by its self…I used to think I was adding chapters to my book of life but I am actually writing a series of stories about my life….I so enjoy following you all in your blogs….and am thankful you all are sharing…thanks…kat

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  4. Everyone has a story, but not everyone gets the chance to tell their story. Writing helps tell a story, podcasts help tell a story, but with that, we have to be open to reading that story or tuning into that podcast. Sometimes, it is just about the art of listening, reading, being present. Stepping outside our comfort zone. So glad I found your awesome blog today!

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    • Thanks for the comment and the follow. Yes, I agree – it is important to listen and read the stories. The world seems to be moving so quickly and at times it is difficult to slowdown and wait to see what the story is all about. Hope you are having a good day.

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  5. Hello, I was directed here by Bruce of Lifeattitudes. This is a great post and a reminder that yes, we all have a story. Sometimes we can become so self absorbed that we forget other people are having life experiences as well. I just had to remind my mother of this yesterday when she made a remark about a carer who comes by from time to time to help her out. While it’s true that my mother is disabled it’s also true that people who do things for her are going through difficulties of their own. I’ve been making a conscious effort to remind myself daily (and more frequently at times) that everyone I come into contact with is going through something.

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  6. This post perfectly fits into the message within my latest post. We are definitely kindred spirits with Ida’s and feelings and tales to share. I’m off to continue reading other people’s posts and learning more about this world we are all together in.

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