Recently, I attended my mother-in- law's 80th birthday celebration. It struck me that one of the most enjoyable activities at family gatherings is the sharing of favorite memories. Good or bad, everyone has a story that they want to tell.
What we remember says as much about the person sharing the story as it does the person who is the subject. It made me wonder, what if storytelling became a part of how we work together and how we build relationships at home, in the workplace, and wherever we find ourselves in a group.
According to the Internet research I have done, the key aspect of storytelling is to make the person care.
By the act of telling our story, we are able to share a piece of who we are and where we come from. Just listening seems to validate the experience of the storyteller and connect the listener to them in a brand new way.
How do we encourage this as a way to promote openness and greater understanding among different generations, religions, political parties and races?
When is the last time you told your story or really listened to someone else tell their story?