Everyone has a story. How often do we tell it? Whether we are the hero, the observer, the victim or just a pawn; we all have a story to tell. Our role in that story can change at any time. We are players in each other's story too.
We all need to tell our story. Expression is so vitally important. We can learn from each other; deeper yet, we can heal each other by listening. I'm not talking about a miracle cure for life. Simply that, we are at times like a kettle needing to let out steam. Expression is our way of doing that. It isn't good to keep things bottled up, we often feel better and less stressed out when we get to express ourselves. Lowering our stress levels is good for the body. Expression isn't limited to just negative release though, it helps to share our joys and all other emotions and events in between. It bonds us to each other and helps us feel less alone.
It helps when we are able to express ourselves in a manner that is well received. When we allow ourselves to be vulnerable, we open our hearts to one another. At times it may be difficult, we may take things personally; ego, pride and fear can all hinder respectful listening. That dampens expression. It can create stress in all people involved, as well as distance and even pain.