That kind of integrity

That kind of integrity

Have you ever considered the power a STORY has to unite people? After all, history is made up of stories: his-story and her-story and their -stories.

If thousands of folks flock to a storytelling festival every year, consider what sharing stories from your own family could do to connect you to your children!

Words and stories changes our lives. One of the stories from my mom’s high school years illustrates this in my life. She told me she was running for school historian, a student council position in her day. She remembers being in the assembly in which other students were recommending those running for office. A young man said of another young woman that she was the kind of girl who would stop at a stop sign (when driving) even if no one else was around to see.

When my mom told that story to me when I was a teenager, I wanted to be just like that girl. I wanted to have that kind of integrity. I don’t even know her name. But I love who she was, and I love who my mom was also–a woman of great integrity. And their story has stayed with me to help me be a better driver, to give me courage to run for student council when I was in high school (developing skills that have influenced my life ever since), and to help me consider the power my example may have to help someone make a good choice.

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