Telling your own story can be one of the most petrifying yet powerful tools to gaining alliances. While it is true that some may judge or even have negative opinions about your story, there are many more who may be able to relate to your story. Storytelling is also a part of the healing process. Often times, we ponder with the "what if." Although we are not physically capable of changing history, we do have the power to shape the way our story will play out. So, remember this, when i t comes times to build alliances in the public arena, your story can have the capacity to influence generations of communities.