The Gift of Storytelling

The Gift of Storytelling

A teller or writer of stories, a weaver of tales….

The definition of a storyteller is rather simple.  However, if you look beyond that, you will find that explaining WHAT a storyteller is, can be a story in itself.

Storytelling has changed in form over its history.  Once seen as an oral tradition to preserve the customs, legends and past of the culture from where it originated, storytelling has evolved to the written word and in our modern times, shared on film and other media.  The oral storytelling of the past however, is not lost, but now is a part of this beautiful, extended family.

Who can be a storyteller?  Well, anyone really.  From your grandfather, who shares tales of his youth, to Hollywood’s most famous names, sharing tales of fantasy.

I believe that ALL stories, even the most fantastical ones, are rooted in a truth.  After all, they explore the elements of human emotion (love, hate, fear, etc.), that we all can relate to, no matter where we come from.

Even many of the myths that we know today, started as a very real part of history.

If you’ve known me for any length of time, then you know that I love horror.  Did you know that the modern vampire myth is not only attributed to the history of Vlad the Impaler, or even Bram Stoker, but to the tragedy of people who were accidently buried alive?  Tales of corpses being unearthed (when it was rumoured that the town/village had visits from the undead), would find the coffin covered in scratches and blood, with signs of growth of the hair and nails (which continue to grow for a period after death).  Here is an example of where fact meets fiction.  This infamous legend grew from the fears and superstitions of the time, leading to the tales that we know today.

(And yes…they did cut off the heads to make sure that the undead didn’t come back).

One of the greatest gifts that we have, is the ability to share ourselves through our stories.  Storytelling is not limited by race, gender, culture or religion.  From the most nomadic, ancient tribe, to the grandest performances of the theatre and film.  From a simple children’s tale, to epic stories of adventures, storytelling is what connects all of us.

That’s why I love to write.  My bookcase is full of Grimm’s Fairy Tales, folktales from Newfoundland and Ireland, collections by H.G. Wells and Hans Christian Andersen.  I guess that I feel that writing stories, allows me to be a part of a tradition that has existed for millennia, and will continue to do so until our sun goes BOOM! and we all once again become cosmic dust.

So, thank you to the storytellers.  From the ones who huddled around ancient fires, to those whose books and dvds fill my home.  Thank you for sharing your passion, your culture, and for keeping alive our imagination.

 

 

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The Power of HELLO

The Power of HELLO

HELLO.

When you read this word, did you automatically want to say hello in response?  Did it make you smile?   🙂

In English, or in any other language, this word has become one of the most powerful words in the world.

Such a simple word has turned strangers into friends, lifted someone’s spirits, and made someone feel welcomed when they didn’t feel like they fit in.

My post today is inspired by an article shared by the Kitchener Public Library on Facebook.  It’s a list from www.teachthought.com of 30 books that inspire empathy in childrenalthough you don’t need to be a child to read them.  What started me thinking about the word HELLO wasn’t the list itself, but the remarks made in the Comments section.  There was a discussion going on about whether you should say hello to a stranger when you are out and about.  For some people, it’s a given, a gesture of politeness.  For others, they saw such a gesture as an invasion, stating that some people just want to be left alone, or maybe too shy to engage in a conversation with a stranger.

When did we become such a cynical society, that the idea of saying hello to someone, can be seen as something offensive?  I am a very shy person, but I live in a neighbourhood, where saying hello to someone when you are out for a stroll is just…well, it’s just done.  This acknowledgement is usually brief, but has sometimes lead to a short conversation (especially of said individual is out walking a dog.   😉   ).  Even when I have wanted to be alone in my thoughts, this gesture has lifted my spirits, making me appreciate the type of community that I live in.

I’m lucky that way.

Maybe that’s why I think of the word hello as being so powerful.  I am not prying into someone’s life, I let them decide if my action leads to a conversation or not.  It’s wonderful when it does.

Take this past Mother’s Day.  While waiting for our seat at a local restaurant (I was with my family, my folks and my MIL), an elderly gentleman came over and said hello, and wished the ladies a happy Mother’s Day.  This lead to a brief but humourous conversation that made me feel like I was talking to the late, great George Carlin.  This gentleman’s wit and sarcastic, but good-natured humour made us all laugh, and brightened what was already of lovely afternoon.

And it all started with a HELLO.

So remember, when you are out there (in the world that seems to encourage, way too often, the nasty and the self-absorbed), to say hello to that stranger that you may otherwise pass by.

You just might make their day.   🙂

Don’t forget to check out the list above.  I have read two of the books, #12 and #30, and saw the movie version of #29.

One more thing, I was just about to post this, when a friend shared this on Facebook.  Ladies and gentlemen, the HELLO BENCH.

 

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