That’s My Story

Feb 7th, 2014 | By | Category: Geri Roskopf's Blog

Geri Roskpf PhotoEveryone has a story to tell. Storytellers are not just the mythical characters who dress up and read stories to children at the local library or bookstore. Musicians, politicians, screenplay writers, business leaders and of course — customers — are storytellers. We’re all storytellers.

You can never underestimate the importance of stories. Stories play a crucial role in the life of a person and in the life of those who listen to them. Stories change our lives. In this business, they can almost make you want to write a book of some of the stories you hear, so you don’t forget them. Some are what might be called “classics.”

I spoke to a tower the other day who was telling me she wanted to put a sign on her desk that reads: “The Top Ten Reasons Why My Car Was Towed.” And she wanted to put it out in the open so the next person coming into her office could see she’s heard all of the reasons why his or her car was towed and how their story is not much different. (Her husband told her she couldn’t … darn.)

She told me of one young man’s story for not picking up his car: he was at his mom’s funeral. Well, a couple of days later a miracle occurred and he came into the shop with his very-much-alive mother. That, however, was not the kicker to the story. When the son was questioned about this “miracle,” the mother told the tower she had no right talking to her son like that. When the tower explained what her son said about attending her funeral, the mother did not reprimand her son for lying, but just continued on about how the tower was talking to her son. It’s enough to make you shake your head, or maybe bang it against the wall.

A story can do many things — win or lose a war, encourage the discouraged, comfort, transform an enemy into a friend, inspire love or make you want to write a top ten list or book.

Hey, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.