Storytelling is actually good for you. It can meaningfully convey an important message to us, at just the right time, in just the right place. It can help you teach children, or advance your career (certainly that presentation you’ve gotta make, maybe that anecdote you tell at the next gathering) – and it can even help you teach yourself. Educational experts agree: We learn even more when we teach.
“Once upon a time…” When I was very young, I was given the “best book, ever!” (that’s what my younger siblings and I giggled), called TELL A TALL TALE. It’s a different, brilliant, funny story – or the same story – every time. It was created (more than just written!) by Kent Salisbury, with images by Adrina Zanazanian.
Parts of pages could be switched, to change the character, the setting, the problem or the ending of the story! Amazing! We laughed so hard at the absurdity we could create. And we learned creative writing. Our “own” stories inspired creative play, after a good “creation”!
Little did I know, at the time, that the immensely dear uncle who gave it to me was a truly gifted story-teller, himself. He was a gifted teacher, life coach – a priest, named Myles, who changed lives for the better -even won the Martin Luther King Award. His ideas and sermons helped to make hurtful, complicated problems survivable and surmountable.
I am forever grateful to the storytellers who move us. A good story can actually move a mountain.
“Once upon a time…” is the start of every great adventure – and gift.