Storytelling Is Living

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“Storytelling is not what I do for a living — it is how I do all that I do while I am living.”

–     Donald Davis, American Storyteller

File this concept under “callings.”  Storytelling is how we’re called to pass along a legacy.  It’s how we’re called to convey our cultural underpinnings to those that come after us.  Storytelling makes living life an exercise in legacy — a connection between legends, lessons and life.

What are the most enduring stories of your life so far?

Mabye it’s about great-grandparents who came across on the boat, with only a few sheckles in their pocket, eyes clearly focused on the promise of the land of opportunity  — to excited to be scared, or too scared to allow themselves to fail.  Maybe it’s about a grandfather who didn’t come back across on the boat after World War II.  Maybe it begins with a mother who worked three jobs to earn a degree to provide better for a family she had while “too young.”   Or about a mother who opted not to have a career outside the home to provide for her family in a different way.

Maybe it’s about a coach who challenged you to do more than you thought you could, or a teacher who helped find a special gift that might not have emerged otherwise.  Heck, maybe it’s about a complete jerk who showed you how not to live — giving you clear direction on how to avoid their mistakes.

You get the idea, right?  If we just go through life, the stories go untold.  If we live life, the stories are born, take root and grow, carrying us forward and connecting those who come after us to the culture, the legacy, the lives that made theirs possible.

Tomorrow, the telling…


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