“We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honor the spiritual connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness and affection.” —Brené Brown
I never used to share stories about my life with others for fear of feeling shame.
And then… I listened to Brené Brown’s powerful TED Talk on the power of vulnerability… and that all changed. (Thank you Brené.)
Over the years I’ve learned that our stories are the glue that connect us and build trust.
In my work of designing healthcare and medical spaces, this is especially powerful when sharing your story with clients and patients.
You go from being a stranger to someone who understands what the person sitting across from you is feeling.
Trust, compassion and empathy start to build.
By sharing your story, you effectively say, “You are not alone.”
Sure, our stories are different… but they all contain a common thread of the human experience—pain and suffering, hope and joy.
So… in honor of sharing stories, here’s (one of) mine about a car accident many years ago that turned out to be one of the biggest gifts in my life.
How I became an Interior Designer for healing spaces…
It was my 17th birthday the day I almost died.
When I woke up in the hospital, I learned I had been launched through the front windshield of my ex-boyfriend’s car after he accidentally drove it into a row of parked cars.
The right side of my face (and lips) had been cut to ribbons by the pre-safety glass era windshield, part of my right nostril was missing, and my right front tooth and right eyebrow were gone.
The next several years were a slow process of getting my life back.
During that time, I was in and out of hospital beds, doctor’s and dentist’s offices, and exam rooms…
Read more about my story here.
What’s your story? What experiences in your life led you to the place you stand now?
Your Biggest Supporter,
P.S. If you know anyone who might benefit from this blog post, please share it with them. Sometimes, the smallest gift (like sharing a story) can make the biggest impact in someone’s life.