I have had the enchanting privilege of living in and traveling to many countries. No matter what country I am in, what is always obvious to me is that people from every culture and every part of the world long to understand their heritage. They long to find answers to the important questions. Story is the vehicle for this.
A good story is treasured and passed down generation to generation. If you want to know where you come from (it’s not a place), listen to your family’s stories. Whether it’s sitting around a campfire, assembling in an auditorium, hanging over the back fence, or mingling at a meeting, all cultures engage in and understand the importance of telling and listening to stories.
I grew up listening to stories and, at a very young age, I was hooked. I was surrounded by wonderful storytellers. My Grandfather always carried a pad of paper (the kind with the spiral ring at the top) and a pencil with him. He wrote stories every day, and his stories had a twist – they had to rhyme. I still remember how fun it was helping him come up with the perfect rhyming words. At night, around the dinner table, he would regale us with his stories. It was such an enthralling tradition.
Story is ingrained in my life. When I am keynoting, presenting a workshop, or coaching one-on-one, it all involves one thing – story. Story is the essential component when it comes to connecting with others. With travel and with stories, you don’t want to be rushed. A story is something to savor. Roll it around in your mind and reflect on it.