The Importance of Making Peace With Your Past - Storyline

I've got a new piece on how our family past shapes who we are and who we will be–and why it's healthy to make peace with the past on Storyline today.

I hated the way I talked when I was a kid.

As a lifelong resident of the Deep South, I have a southern family, with an accent to match. Most people on TV sounded so sophisticated with enunciated speech, while every southerner I saw portrayed in film was either slow or ignorant.

I wanted to be seen as smart. So, I worked hard to erase my accent. To my ear, my drawl was far less pronounced than my friends and family, but this illusion failed me anytime I traveled to other parts of the country.

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A Better Story

I went to Donald Miller's Storyline Conference a couple of years ago, and it was a major turning point in my life and work. Storyline gave me a method to clarify what I wanted to do, and the means to work toward it. I can honestly tell you there would be no Science Mike without Storyline.

That's why I'm thrilled to share my first piece on Storyline blog today. It's about the science of trauma and healing, and why it's so vital we have safe friendships to tell our story. If you've ever wondered why you need to tell the story of how you were hurt in the past, this one is for you.