The holiday season brings with it a bundle of riches. Sure, there are casseroles to pass and presents to unwrap, but the real gift is the gatherings. Cold weather sets in and draws family and friends together indoors. In this more intimate space and in the comfort of loved ones, there is an opportunity to feast on the tradition of storytelling.
"Storytelling is the conveying of events in words, sound and/or images, often by improvisation or embellishment. Stories have been shared in every culture as a means of entertainment, education, cultural preservation, and instilling moral values.” (source: Wikipedia)
Throughout the history of mankind, stories have been told and passed on. While chatty texts and social media keep us "connected" - are we sharing a meaningful story?
The setting, plot and characters are brush strokes on the canvas. Imagination is enhanced as our mind creates the narrator’s story. Our senses are keen to the words, the movements and the tone the storyteller emotes. It’s just as important for the story to be told as it is for the story to be heard. You are honoring the other by being present in that moment. You are connecting with them and they are connecting with you.
Stories hold valuable takeaways. It can be a life lesson, a historical fact, or a philosophical thought to be pondered. There is so much to learn from the stories we tell and hear.
While you're sitting around the table or curled up by the fire, offer the gift of story. Go around and ask questions to get the stories rolling.
A few examples include:
It doesn’t matter if your story is exaggerated or concise, factual or fabled – it is a story to be shared and heard. Share stories. Before you know it, minds are enriched and hearts are connected (maybe several wine bottles have even been emptied).
If you are so moved, you can put the story to record for all to know. This could be in an email, blog or book. StoryCorps also provides a space for storytelling to be preserved. This non-profit helps to “create an archive of the wisdom of humanity.”
What’s more beautiful or impactful than a gift that can literally last a lifetime (and more)? Gift your story.
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