If you started a new group at GroupLink in August, you've probably reached the point in the Community: Starting Well in Your Small Group study at which you're beginning to share your stories. The idea of telling your personal story to the other members of your group may seem a little uncomfortable, but it doesn't have to be a big production. The goal isn't to entertain. The goal isn't to be highly dramatic or comprehensive. It's to give the other people in your group a sense of what makes you uniquely you. But what parts of your story should you tell?
If you really think about your story, it's probably centered around people, places, and events that had a big impact on you. Those three categories capture how we interact with the world around us. One way to organize your thoughts about your story is to make a short list of the things that have shaped you:
- Three key people
- Three key places
- Three key events
You probably won't have time to talk about all of those people, places, and events. But listing them is a good start. From that list, you can think through the parts of your story that are most important to emphasize. Maybe you'll talk about one item from each category, or two people and one event, or one place and two events. It's your story. You have the freedom to share what you want to share.
Above all, remember this: the members of your group are interested in your story. Most of us are curious about the people around us. And we're predisposed to empathize and connect with others. Your story has the potential to draw your group members closer together. Don't let that opportunity pass you by.
Over the years, we've posted a number of resources to help you tell your story well. Here's some stuff from the archives you might want to peruse: