Wisdom in StoriesBy Catherine Pulsifer, ©2011
History has some very unique qualities about it. History is a record of what has happened in the past, and the really fascinating thing is that much of history has been repeated time and again. It allows us to learn from the past, both the mistakes made and the successes achieved.
Benefits of History
One of the benefits of history is reading how other people both famous and totally unknown have overcome tremendous challenges in their life. These challenges, although particular to a person, or to a certain time in the past, or occurring in a different country or culture all convey wisdom in their short stories of perseverance.
Take for example the story of Thomas Edison and how many failures he encountered while on the road to finally inventing the modern day light bulb. He could be held out as an example of a person who never gave up. I am sure he was discouraged by his many failures but he did not let those failures stop him. He had a dream and he just kept trying different things until he did reach success.
Or, consider the story of Abraham Lincoln who managed to become President of the United States even though he suffered many setbacks and personal losses. Most of us only realize the success of Mr. Lincoln becoming President. Few of us knew about the many challenges he had to overcome. His life was not an easy one. His story is one that motivates us to keep moving forward no matter what obstacles we have in life.
True Life Stories
Stories, whether short or long, recount trials, tribulations, failures, and self doubt.
And, true stories that will give you pause to reconsider quitting, or food for thought about going after your dreams even though you may not think you have the background, courage or tenacity to get what you have always desired.
Short stories can be full of wisdom gained through true-life experience and not some fictional story that you might read. They could inspire you to be all that you can be.
Why are stories so powerful, why share them . . .
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