• Dena Standley

The Importance of Telling Your Story


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Our words have power

The written word has shaped our history, our memories, and in no small way, play a role in shaping the future. Whether you are a gifted writer, better at oral storytelling, or struggle to craft the right words, you have an important story to tell.

Our lives are shaped by the choices we make and the things we endure. They are also shaped by fate, faith, and the state of the world we inherit. By using our voices to bear witness to the things we see and to share the lessons we have learned, we help shape the future.

Writing Can Be Healing

There is such power in wrestling our thoughts into the written word. I have grown tremendously through my own writing and have found inspiration in using my words to help others. Whatever your journey, putting it into words can help you take ownership of your story.

Psychologists often recommend writing or journaling to help those who struggle to keep a written account of their journey. It is easy to get lost in negative thought processes that seem to play in a loop inside our brains. When we take those thoughts and wrestle them into words, it is easier to recognize and control negative thinking patterns that are holding us back.

Writing Preserves Your Legacy

There are so many stories I want my children to know. Stories of my life growing up, stories of their grandparents, and stories about themselves and our family when they were young children.

Though we speak of these things often, time and life have a way of fading memories. Writing them down is a way to allow my children and future grandchildren to explore their roots in their own way and on their own timeline.

Like anyone who has been on this earth for a while, I have learned plenty of life lessons. My children will have to learn most of those for themselves, but by writing them down, they might one day know they were not the first to face the same challenges. My fondest hope is that something I write might spare them, or anyone else, from some of the harder lessons by sharing my own experiences.

Each of us has a unique journey through life. Weaving the wisdom we accumulate on the journey into words preserves that wisdom for others. Most of our history comes to us because of those who chose to write down what they were living. I want to add my story to the tapestry of history.

What is Legacy Writing

Legacy writing is a way to discover, communicate, or preserve your wisdom and blessings for future generations. Legacy writing is about those who will benefit from the life lessons, pain, love, heartache, and faith you can share.

We all have a legacy of knowledge to share. If writing does not come easy to you, or if you want professional input on your creation, you can always use a professional writing service that specializes in legacy writing.

Christian Apologia specializes in memoir, biography, and legacy writing. In using their service, you will decide how much help and input you need. You may want specialized editing of your own writing or someone to listen to your story and ask the right questions to craft the story you want to tell. Whatever you choose, they have the expertise to help you tell your story in a way that honors your voice.

There is no right or wrong way to go about telling your story. Some choose to write letters to loved ones or special people in their lives. Others might choose to publish their memoirs or a series of blogs to share their experiences with the world.

I am an avid journal keeper, and I do my clearest thinking once I put my thoughts into written words. I use the written word to remember my past, plan for my future, and document my faith journey. Not everyone loves to write, though, and that is okay. We all have gifts, and if your gift isn’t writing, that doesn’t mean your story doesn’t have value.

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