Recently I discovered something I hadn’t really understood before, the power to choose.
Every person on the planet can choose how they feel, how they respond, and what they think and the stories that follow can reflect those choices and inspire and motivate or disengage and destroy.
I really got that I can choose based on my goals and desires and not based on who I have been and what I’ve done in the past. So, today I’m choosing to do something new and powerful, something that will make a difference to millions of people around the world. Why? Because I can!
The Power in Sharing Your Story
A long time ago I had the immense privilege of listening to Viktor Frankl who shared his incredible story of survival in a Nazi Concentration Camp during World War 2 with a room full of college students.
Viktor recounted that of all the freedoms the Nazis took from him, they could not take his thoughts. He could still choose, even in the most despairing and devastating circumstances and by sharing his story, he influenced millions around the world. I was one of the lucky few who got to hear him speak live and I will never forget that experience.
You may not have experienced anything even remotely like this (or perhaps you have), but your story could be equally powerful, should you choose to share it, and that’s why I’m launching the #1millionstories campaign.
About 1 Million Stories (#1millionstories)
1 Million Stories is an ambitious campaign to propagate 1 million stories of hope, love, joy, peace, tragedy, diversity, acceptance and truth by December 31, 2019.
I invite you to co-create #1millionstories with me and spread the word far and wide. Participating is simple. Just publish an original story about anything you like (please see guidelines below) and share it on social media using the hashtag #1millionstories. I will be sharing highlights throughout the campaign and keeping tabs on the number of stories shared!
Your story can be visual, written or in video format. You can post it on a tree, take a photo and share it on Twitter with the hashtag if you like! Just share it!
While 1 Million Stories might sound like an ambitious goal, it is a worthy one and I believe in aiming high! This is tally doable!
Stories have the power to transform, to create, to touch, move and inspire. Stories have the power to change the world!
Will you join me?
For A Little Help with Your Stories
#1millionstories is hosted by the Writally Great Blog Challenge, so if you need a boost, join the Challenge where participants write a blog post on a monthly theme, get a free Writally content recipe to help them write it and compete for prizes and the opportunity to be republished and shared. We just launched the Challenge in November last year and so far it’s going great with participants publishing and sharing awesome blog posts. Also, don’t forget that you can create the structure for your blog posts and stories on the Writally platform. Your first recipe is free!
You can also join the Writally group on Facebook for extra support, feedback and ideas! Join us here.
In the spirit of this campaign, stories must be lawful, original and respectful of other’s human rights and dignity. Please read our conduct guidelines here.
I can’t wait to read your story!