Telling stories

Have you ever wondered what life would be like without stories? When you get down to the nitty-gritty of things, pretty much everything you see or hear consists of a story in some form or another. That anecdote you told at the family party, that joke you heard on the radio, the movie you watched with your boyfriend, are all stories.

The word ‘story’ is derived from the ancient Latin historia meaning ‘recital of true events‘. Of course the word ‘true’ is more a concept on a sliding scale nowadays. If I would have gotten a dollar for each time one of my younger students responded ‘I read it on Facebook/Twitter/the Internet’ to my critical questions, well, let’s just say I could take my husband out for a fine dinner at Queen’s Gardens. More true or less true, however, nobody can ignore the power of a good story.

Stories are what makes the world go round. The continuous quest for that Pulitzer Prize article, that fine piece of art, the blockbuster movie, the archaeological find that will change how we see the history of the world, they all are stories in one way or another. A story can encompass what you see, hear, feel and smell. A story can influence how we see the world around us and what we see around us can in turn affect the stories that we tell.

Every person has a story to tell and in sharing our stories we shape others. Life is a collection of stories.

This is mine.

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