The Importance of Storytelling

We need stories…

So we can help others understand — our pain, our joy, our beliefs, our purpose, our desires, ourselves.

So we can warn others of what’s to come.

So we can share with others what we have already done.

So we can tell others what to expect — a few steps ahead, or further into the future.

So we can give each other hope — for those times we’re challenged with personal obstacles, or when we need to defeat our own demons.

So we can guide those who are lost — and help them find their way.

So we can learn life’s lessons.

So we can discover what love really is.

So we can celebrate.

So we can enjoy life with laughter.

So we can feel more compassion and less judgement.

So we can inspire others into action.

So we can know that we’re never alone.

We need stories because it’s our most powerful way to create a connection.

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We need stories because our lives depend on it.

 

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How have stories made an impact on your life? What about your business, yourself, or your relationships?

What’s the most memorable (or unforgettable) story you’ve ever come across?

 

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  • http://www.YesYesMarsha.com/ Marsha from YesYesMarsha.com

    It’s so true! Stories are SO important!

    I’ve found whenever I write a blog post, it has SO much more impact if there’s a story in it.

    My favourite story ever is from a friend of my mum’s.

    He was at a family party with his Russian grandmother. She was stood, wincing.

    “Babushka, what’s wrong??”, he asked.

    “Oh, darlink. I am in terrrrible pain. I accidentally wore my sitting down shoes!”

    “Well, why don’t you sit down, Babushka?”

    “No, darlink, you don’t understand. I am wearing the standing up corset”.

  • http://biancafiloteo.com Bianca Filoteo

    bwahahaha AWESOME story, Marsha! And in just 5 lines? You nailed it ;)

  • CharlynC

    So timely, Bianca, and so true. I’ve spent the last several months (and all day today) editing my grandfather’s memoirs. The plan is to turn them into a book. I am amazed by the stories he tells–of meeting my grandmother, sailing the world during World War II, even losing his temper at the dictator general of Panama.

    His mind is slowly going, and as I get to the end of the book he’s written (what he put to paper this year), it becomes incoherent. I have to look for drafts he wrote a couple of years ago to make sense of it.

    It makes me sad to watch the deterioration of his mind as it unfolds on my computer screen. But I am so very grateful he took the time to write it all down, so future generations of our family can see life through his eyes.

  • Farah Belliard

    Recently I read this story about a man who reminisces about being the first family in his town (or street) with a telephone, and how he used the magical box attached to his wall to access “Information Please’ the amazing woman who lived in the box who answered all his questions. It was funny, and touching, and inspiring to read!

  • Pam Pearson

    …so we can remember! My Dad was known as a storyteller! He sometimes would tell them over and over. People loved to listen to him and they loved him. It certainly was a way he connected to people. They still talk about him and his stories today. Thanks for bringing back this great memory.

  • Jocelyn Gordon

    Beautiful Bianca, thank you.
    I’ve been reminded lately that it’s important to share my stories and insights.
    You poetically shared your observations of herstory and in your share, I feel a connection.
    Stories bring us together.
    They bring us home – to a place of common ground.
    As a parent, I learn/practice how much to tell and when.
    As a child I remember a lot of being told this or that, however, not much of the story behind how/why that wisdom was attained.
    Stories make parents human.
    Being human means being relatable.

  • Christie

    My grandma always told us a story of a mom traveling on horseback at night with her little baby. A panther is stalking her and about to get her so she throws the baby at the panther in order to get away. This story sticks in my mind, I can hear my grandma’s voice, I can see myself, eyes wide open hoping this time the lady will get away with her baby. It’s so haunting and seemed so very real to me when I was little.

  • Cathy Brown Sykora

    My 5 year old grandson tells me stories all the time. Most are not true…but he likes to believe they are! My 4 year old granddaughter has the entire book of Snow White memorize…a little 4 year old with a British accent and tons of inflection is my most current warm/fuzzy story memories. Then there is the one about my great, great, great grandma whose family move to America for religious freedom…and then she married a stable boy who was the same religion they fleed from…and here we are! You are right…stories make us feel we are part of something very special.

  • http://www.canuckiwikate.blogspot.com/ Kate – CanuckiwiKate

    I love this sooooo much :) It takes me right back to my time in the classroom, trying to get 6 year olds to understand why I made them do a writing activity every day! It’s something that will stick with you for life.

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