On board the Carnival Breeze I can’t help but think back to the boarding process. Getting thousands of people clamoring to get on the largest ship in the company’s fleet takes skill and organization and patience. Passports, zone cards, key cards. It’s a system they’ve designed to get everyone moved through like cattle in order to set sail.
It was in the middle of all this hustle and bustle that a sign caught my attention. It had nothing to do with what line to be in or where to get a key card. It was a sign that asked a question. How will you tell your story?
I realize they were referring to how a Breeze passenger was going to tell the story of her cruise, but it got me to thinking about the story of one’s life. How will you tell the story of your life?
Too often, people spend their life story wishing they were telling a different story; one that belongs to someone else. Are you prone to doing that? Do you walk through life dreaming about a life story that was written for someone else?
It can be difficult to tell your own story if you are too focused on the stories of others. You might have a skewed perspective on just how great your story really is. So try taking a step back.
· Have you overcome a difficult time in your life? A bad relationship? A major illness or financial downfall? That tells the story of your strength.
· Have you traveled to faraway places? For business or for pleasure? Or did your folks cart you from place to place by land and see and air? Those places are the story of your adventurous spirit; of your ability to adapt and make new friends.
· Maybe you’ve given to charity. Or helped the poor. Or volunteered. Have you stood up for someone less fortunate? Fought off a bully? Learned from your own bitterness and paid forward kindness? That’s the scene in your story of compassion and love and humility.
You may not have fine China or live in a mansion. Your car my not be as new and shiny as someone else’s. But don’t be distracted. Take a step back and tell the story of your life. Live it and breathe it every moment. Leave a legacy behind you that you can be proud of.
How will you tell your story?