Have you ever heard someone telling a story full of pain, emotion and brokenness? I have. Every time I hear a story about someones broken past I wonder how they were able to deal with all of that and able to share their story with others. Typically after hearing a heartbreaking story I wonder, what they saw; if they knew they were being treated wrong and why they let it happen or acted a certain way.
All of those questions took a new form for me this week after I interviewed a young lady who was adopted, went to job corps, had three children all of which she had lost, and her age and mine were not far apart.
I was resistant to offering her an interview due to the poor quality of her resume, but at the bottom of her resume it said “I want to help those who have had struggles like myself”. During the interview she talked about her past and how she wanted and needed a better future. As she talked I began to talk to myself wondering why she was there and how I would tell her I couldn’t hire her (I still haven’t told her). Once she finished talking I thanked her for her time and she left.She has something to offer the world, I’m not sure what but she has something just as we all do.
We all have experienced things they we would rather not talk about. How do we take out story lead with it and use it for good? I’m not sure if there is a correct answer, but I do know that we all deal with things differently. Some by helping others to not go through what they have. I’m not sure what I will do for the young lady that I interviewed earlier this week or if I can even help her – I will pray, that is all I can offer right now.
After that interview my question isn’t why was their life that way, but how, how can I help you even if I don’t understand you?