tell me a story

Plant-the-seed

Stories are like seeds.
A new story told is like a new seed planted.
Each story re-told is a seed watered.
Watered stories grow to form our life’s harvest.

Storytelling may be seen as a performance reserved for those who posses a talent for weaving tales. However, I say we all have stories. In fact, we live our lives in a network of them. All stories matter. The stories we tell others and ourselves shape the world we live in.

I would like to continue to foster the shift from traditional performance, where only professionals tell tales, to unearthing those with stories worth living for. I would like to share the power of storytelling and empower people to re-write the stories that are not big enough to live in. In doing so, I believe we will find that we all crave the human connection and universal truths found in stories (personal narratives) and the chance to share experiences, advocate for change and understand ourselves better.

How would our perceptions change if we learned about each other as humans?
How would our world change if we were empowered to re-write our story?
How would it be if we all knew ourselves as storyteller, storyweaver, and storyhealer?

…These are the questions I am asking myself as I begin crafting my graduate thesis. I believe this work has powerful implications in the home, the community and the workplace. I welcome all thoughts and ideas as I begin down this exciting new path.

2 Comments

  1. I think this is an awesome concept! I’ve long been a fan of storytelling. My first experiences weren’t watching from an audience, but rather around the wood stove in my great grandmothers house built nearly a hundred years ago; so long ago that indoor plumbing was an after-thought.

    The past few years I’ve been following “The Moth” podcast and attending local ‘open mic’ kinds of storytelling events to both share and receive these gifts. The power of these stories are profound, and the telling can have a huge impact as a healing modality for self as well as a teaching tool for others. There’s even a mytho-poetic storytelling movement practiced by folks like Michael Meade with special populations like veterans and inner-city youth.

    I think this is a wonderful and worthy project!

  2. Really powerful concept! I wonder if its possible to do a study that explores a few aspects of story telling or lack of story telling in our society… Some things that come to mind:
    – is there any correlation between individuals (teens and elderly come to mind specifically) who do not have anyone interested in having them share their daily stories and symptoms of depression?
    – what are the developmental differences or attitude/behavioral differences between children who are raised in a home where stories are shared and treasured vs a home without such and emphasis or outlet
    – is there any correlation between health and access to storytelling?
    – what aspects of storytelling enhance an individuals ability to forgive or love?
    So excited to hear more!

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