Storytelling; It’s What We Do

You should write a book.
How many times, when you’ve shared a personal story with someone, has that been the response? Write a book. Tell a story. Tell your story. We are natural story-tellers. We are hard-wired story tellers. Our lessons and hard-won truths and understandings only make sense within the context of a narrative.
Telling stories is what we do.
This is why writing a book is, on the one hand, the most natural thing in the world. It is simply story telling writ large. However, like so many things in the modern world, many of us have lost an essential connection to our ability to tell a story.
Maybe we’ve watched too many movies.
Maybe we’ve stared at too many television shows.
Maybe we’ve been hoodwinked by too much “reality.”
Maybe we just haven’t heard very many good stories ourselves.
Whatever the reason, we don’t seem to be able to tell stories as well as we once did. Part of the problem, I think, is we tend to get in our own way and complicate things. We don’t tell stories for the joy of telling stories. We tell stories so we can sit alongside Oprah on her couch. We tell stories so our old college roommates will be impressed. We tell stories so our mothers and fathers will be proud of us.
All wrong reasons. All reasons that are sure to lead to frustration and disappointment.
Tell your story because you HAVE to. Because you know that in your story there is a truth that is universal and pure. Tell your story because even if you are the only one who listens, the telling of it makes you a happier, healthier and better person. Tell your story because it makes you laugh. Or because it makes you cry.
When you do, and you keep it simple (forget about Oprah and the Times Bestseller list) you will find that you have a story not only worth telling and hearing, but one that will make your listeners surely say, “You should write a book.”

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