It is not a competition, although some will try to make it into one.
“Yeah, but let me tell you what happened to me…”
We all have stories to tell and they should be told. There is often healing in our sharing and it may give others hope. There is resilience and a vulnerable courage in sharing our pain and also our triumphs.
There can be “life after” if we choose it and others stories may help us get there. But sometimes, preaching to myself here, we need to shut up and just listen. Or sit in silence with someone in their pain.
There is more than enough these days to go around.
(Read Job 2:13)