We are all storytellers. Each of us has a narrative to share in hundreds of different ways. Some storytellers paint by numbers, detail by detail, and some with quick brush stokes.
A story could simply be telling your best friend about a problem you are having at work, or a story could be your kids coming home from school and blurting out what happened to them that day. It might be a grandparent talking about painful experiences in World War II or a journalist telling the details of a breaking story on the news. Or a poet sharing their unrequited love story in a poem or a musician singing about their loneliness in a song. Or a story could flow through a novelist writing a fictional story in a book or a nonfiction writer sharing their personal story in a memoir.
“People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances with our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.” – Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth
“If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” -Rudyard Kipling
“Shakespeare said that art is a mirror held up to nature. And that’s what it is. The nature is your nature, and all of these wonderful poetic images of mythology are referring to something in you. When your mind is trapped by the image out there so that you never make the reference to yourself, you have misread the image…. The inner world is the world of your requirements and your energies and your structure and your possibilities that meets the outer world. And the outer world is the field of your incarnation. That’s where you are. You’ve got to keep both going. As Novalis said, ‘The seat of the soul is there where the inner and outer worlds meet.’” – Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth