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We All Have A Story To Tell

by Jason Dykstra
January 2011

From From Jason Dykstra's Absolution Mediation Blog

Jason Dykstra

What is it about a story that makes people so intrigued? This past Friday I posted the above status on Facebok; Once upon a time… I didn’t know what I was hoping to accomplish, or what was going to happen with that post, but I just put it out there. Then a little while later I wrote, “There was a goat…” Well, let me tell you…that’s all I had to do. All of a sudden we had a story on our hands. 30 comments later I read over the story… No…I read over our story and thought, we all have a story to share (even silly ones like this…)

Part of the story

As a mediator, I get the privilege of hearing others’ stories. We all have one, some are similar, but all are unique. We learn a lot from stories, we can learn plenty about others (ex. who they are, where their from, what they do, etc.) and we can find out where we came from and where we want to go.

Sometimes I have found that telling my story, I have learned a lot about myself as well. Sometimes, when I’m telling my story I can take a step back and see the situation from a third person’s perspective. Sometimes, I even learn something from that experience.

Take some time this week to tell yourself your story.

Tell it as true as you can (don’t fudge the details…you’ll know if you are lying…) and just let it hang in the air. Own your story, don’t let it own you. Let me know how it goes.

What’s your story?


Jason is a Conflict Management Specialist who is helping organizations and congregations move from conflict situations to creative solutions. He specializes in relational and communication issues and uses his experience and training in mediation, group facilitation, conflict management coaching, speaking and teaching to aid you and your surroundings to better cope with conflict and become more conflict resilient. Jason has a background in social services, working with individuals with developmental disabilities, mental health and at-risk youth. He complements his experience with an Advanced Certificate in Conflict Management and is currently in pursuit of his Master's Degree in Leadership. Jason lives in St. George, Ontario with his beautiful wife and two children.

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