All 7.7 billion people on planet Earth are composed of the same six elements: hydrogen, oxygen, carbon, nitrogen, calcium, and phosphorous. And all 7.7 billion people, no matter where they were born or what language they speak, are composed of 75% water, 23 pairs of chromosomes, and approximately 37.2 trillion cells.

That’s the measurable stuff of which we are made. But there is also unmeasurable stuff — that which is not immediately visible, even under a microscope. And this unmeasurable stuff is a clue to why our species is known as “homo sapiens” — the wise ones.

Hmm… wise ones… really?  Given the sorry state of the world these days, the “wise ones” seems like a misnomer, but in reality, it is our true nature.

Human beings are more than just carriers of viruses, projections, and DNA. We are also carriers of wisdom — the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense, and insight. Truth in action, you might say. What Solomon was famous for.  And Socrates. And a whole lot of other sages since the beginning of time.

But not only known sages. Unknown sages, too. And unknown regular people.  Like your grandmother, for example… and your grandfather… parents… teachers… friends… neighbours… children or, this just in — YOU!

Sages, Masters, and Elders may be the most historically recognised keepers of wisdom, but they are not the only ones. The rest of us are also keepers of wisdom. The thing is — we don’t always know it. Our wisdom is often invisible to us. Unseen. Unacknowledged. And unexpressed. Not only do we see the glass as half empty, we often don’t even see the glass.

Where is our wisdom hiding? More often than not, in our stories — much like water is hiding in underground springs or gold is hiding in mines. But just because our wisdom is hiding, doesn’t mean it’s non-existent. Everybody has wisdom inside them. Everybody has something meaningful to share, based on what they’ve learned from the own life experiences. And the simplest, most powerful way to communicate this inner knowing is storytelling.

Storytelling is how the wisdom of the ages has been transmitted since the beginning of time. It’s how our ancestors shared the best of what they knew. It’s how all spiritual traditions pass on their knowledge. And it’s how the best communicators on the planet convey what is truly worth communicating.

YOU just happen to be one of these people. Your hidden stories are treasures. There is great wisdom, meaning, and inspiration in them.  And they need to be told — especially these days, when the daily narrative that rules our lives is too often dark, dismal,  and depressing.

Are you ready? Are you willing?  (I know you’re able!)  What wisdom-infused story of yours are you most inspired to tell today – and to whom?

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Mitch Ditkoff, is the President of Idea Champions, the Founder of Wisdom Circles, and the author of two books on the power of personal storytelling, Storytelling for the Revolution and Storytelling at Work. CONTACT: mditkoff@alsiraat.vic.edu.au