Encouragement for the Journey 6 April 2014

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Encouragement for the Journey 6 April 2014

Encouragement for the Journey

Telling Stories

Greetings fellow Traveller,

The theme for our KIDS N ALL today is:

STORIES 

Believe it or not, there are more smart phones in the world than TV sets, cars or computers combined. We are living in a world where more and more words are being ‘processed’ on some form of electronic technology, either on a laptop or desk top computer, or a tablet or smart phone. Maybe, the popularity of these ‘electronic toys’ has contributed to the increased popularity of stories to convey meaning.

Human beings were made to tell and hear stories; it is part of our DNA. At the end of our day, we just cannot help but look for someone to talk to, to tell our story, to share our concerns and joys for the day. When we go home, we turn on our TV’s and watch the news—stories of current events, of tragic disasters, of politics, of showbiz, of anything. We crave for stories.

There have been many reasons why we tell stories; I want a mention a couple:

Firstly for Affirmation, it gives an opportunity for community building through the exchange of sharing something of our selves. In stories we discover our shared humanity and we are affirmed.

The second reason is for healing. It is interesting to note that most storytelling, even in the olden times, occurs at the dinner table. We enjoy eating while exchanging stories. Meals are boring without stories. Even in prehistoric times, our ancestors shared stories of the hunt around the fire while they were having their meal. This relationship between storytelling and eating has a very significant meaning for us. While we nourish our bodies when we eat, we nourish our souls when we exchange stories.

I leave you with a story about stories:

A disciple once complained to his master “You tell us stories, but never reveal their meaning to us.” The master replied, “How would like it if someone offered you fruit and chewed it up before giving it to you?” No one can find the meaning for you. Not even the master.

 Meanwhile Peace in our telling and hearing of stories

Alf