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.