Wisdom in Stories Page 2By Catherine Pulsifer, ©2011
Why Are Stories So Powerful?
Is it only because they are written so well, or that they tell about some unique venture or culturally shocking transposition?
Stories are more powerful because they are memorable in that they stick in your mind.
"Storytelling in general is a communal act. Throughout human history, people would gather around, whether by the fire or at a tavern, and tell stories. One person would chime in, then another, maybe someone would repeat a story they heard already but with a different spin. It's a collective process."
A story is much more memorable than seeing a motivational speaker, unless of course if the person is telling their own true story. It is much more memorable than reading a book of theory or a book of how to.
And, when you succeed, notice I did not say "if", it is important for you to recount the details of your success, what you had to achieve, what you had to overcome, your tenacity, and whether you received help from others or had to go it alone.
Share Your Story
Just the fact that you write about your success and publish it in a book or on the web, may just be the inspiration someone needed to move forward in his or her own life.
Your story may be the message the person has heard many times before but hearing your story shares the message in a way that the person can relate to.
So share your story, not just the success but the challenges, the failures. Be the motivation to someone else. Make a difference in someone else's life by sharing.
Inspirational Quotes for Reflection:
"If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten." Rudyard Kipling
'I'm a conduit for telling people's stories. It's a privilege." Tori Amos
"The art of storytelling is reaching its end because the epic side of truth, wisdom, is dying out." Walter Benjamin
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