Our Stories

Book of Life

Steve A. Wiggins

People’s stories are interesting. The received wisdom is that if you wish to change a politician’s mind, tell her or him a story. In fact, it seems that we’re hardwired to enjoy stories. That’s why it’s so unfortunate that we seldom take the time to listen to other people’s stories. We’re too busy. For an organization to which I belong, I recently asked that five minutes of each agenda be set aside so that one member could tell her or his story at each meeting. That way it’s possible to get to know who it is you’re working with, without the tired “one thing nobody knows about you” trope. The idea was adopted and it seems a worthwhile use of agenda time. I don’t know that I’ve ever heard someone’s account and found myself anything less than fascinated.

When we reflect back over our lives, we do it in narrative…

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