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  • Writer's pictureBenita Garvin


These days we all suffer from FOMO. But the greater fear lurking behind missing out from gossip or a party is missing out on your life. Most people miss their life. We're so busy ticking off the boxes - job, relationship, family, money, and WORK. We're all driven by work. And that's fine IF that work makes you feel whole. If it nourishes you. But work, for most people, is a drain. It suck the life blood out of most people. But the reality is ALL of us have to earn a living. But does that mean we relinquish our voices? Our creativity?

It doesn't have to. I believe storytelling and understanding how to use it properly can enhance every interaction - whether it's interpersonal or trying to win a contract from a group of total strangers. But to be able to tell a story that "works," that "speaks" to others, you have to understand your own story. That doesn't mean you have to go to therapy or prepare a personal essay for The Moth. It's about connecting to your natural inner storyteller. All of us have one. That's what's so amazing about storytelling. There's not really anything to learn. It's more about learning how to access your own voice and how to rid it of any inhibitions.

It's actually easier than you may think. That's why people in my classes are having such success. I urge you to read their comments. It's thrilling to watch the blossom. And there growth isn't because I'm a genius and imbued them with a superpower. They're discovering their inner core, as a result of doing the weekly exercises from the class and interfacing with the other members. It's fun. It's simple. It's not rocket science.

If this past year has taught us anything is, life is fragile and unpredictable. Don't put things off. As Jim Morrison said, "the future's uncertain and the end is always near." And that was 50 years ago!

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