Kerry Egan, author of On Living, is a hospice chaplain who spends a lot of time listening to people’s stories.
If you know someone who tells the same stories again and again—and I do, Egan explains that the person is still trying to find meaning in his or her stories. That’s the reason for the repetition.
The best thing about your own stories, Egan suggests, is that they are your stories and you can define the meaning of them. You can define them as being full of hope or regret, lessons or failure, happiness or sadness.