Sunday night NBC's Dateline news magazine aired a 2-hour, prime-time documentary on survivors of San Diego's 2003 fire siege, which as you know is the subject of my book,The Fire Outside My Window. My husband, Bob, and I were among those interviewed, along with several of the people who appear in the book.
Producer Rob Buchanan and his team did a beautiful job telling the powerful Cedar Fire story. I was impressed--and grateful--for their accuracy and sensitivity. If you missed it, don't worry, it's not too late. You can see the entire program, and minus those annoying commercials online. Here's the link:
THIS IS THE STORY ITSELF AT WORK, getting itself out into the world!
Sounds crazy, I know, but let's think about this for a second:
I devoted 10 years of my life to researching, writing and publishing the Cedar Fire story. Why? Because it chose me! I woke up one night smack dab in the middle of it.
And I saw it for what it was--not just something that happened to me, my personal story, but a monumental story with universal significance.
A story too powerful NOT to tell.
So I always knew I wasn't just spinning a good yarn; I was documenting a piece of history for posterity.
I knew that someone, sometime would want to know all about this particular fire, all the details I was gathering and capturing for them.
And then 11 years after the smoke cleared, a New York City network television producer decides to revisit the Cedar Fire in a documentary.
And right there, at the top of his Google search, he finds my book.
He showed me his copy--dog-eared and all marked up--when Bob and I met him for our interviews.
"Look at this!" he said. "I've really used your book."
I'll admit. I got a little verklempt.
"That's so great," I told him. "Because I wrote it for you."
Powerful stories do have lives of their own. They choose their tellers and then demand to be told.
It's as if they know that as long as we keep telling them, they'll live on and on, teaching, entertaining, inspiring, transforming in ways we can't begin to imagine.
Such is the mystery and magic of Story POWER, brilliant storytellers.
Now why do I call you that? Because you are a brilliant storyteller. Each of is. It's in our DNA.
Your life is your story, a story only you can tell.
So tell your story, whatever it is. No matter how dull or insignificant or messy it may seem to you, the world is waiting to hear it.
To get you going and give you a jump on NBC's upcoming documentary, I've shared the start of the Cedar Fire story in my last post, below.