What does a veterinarian or veterinary nurse do when first encountering a client in the examination room? They solicit a story in the form of a history. As the client shares, they begin to get a picture of the client and the pet together, the pet’s personality, and their daily routine. The bond the client and pet do, or do not, share quickly becomes obvious. Understanding this story is integral to successful client compliance and patient treatment.
Just as they are in veterinary medicine, stories are integral to how we live our personal lives. The stories we tell, the details we share, provide the backdrop to our world perspective, with us in it. Journalist and author Joan Didion stated, “We tell ourselves stories in order to live.”1 We grow into the narratives we share with ourselves and the world. Let us explore how our stories impact our wellbeing.