Our Favorite Quote By Someone We’ve Never Met
“There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories.” Ursula K. LeGuin
If you’re reading this, then you most likely have a belief in the “higher power” of story. I share and applaud that conviction. Stories not only provide meaning to our lives, but they also offer us the opportunity to preserve our histories, both universal and individual. The hope is that when legacies are passed down from generation to generation life can improve and mistakes can be avoided. And since the narrative arts influence societies in every culture, a good way to transfer knowledge, wisdom and information is by a telling good story. I know that if given the choice, I would prefer a story to a lecture.
Telling and sharing stories is the way we share ourselves with other people. All humans have both the need and the deep desire to divulge who they are and what they’re about to those around them. However, some people avoid sharing their stories because they subscribe to the false notion that good storytelling is a skill only highly successful people master. If that’s the case, then significant things are going unsaid, and that’s not acceptable.
I believe people can (and should) learn how to communicate so others will listen. With a little guidance, anyone can become a good communicator. My passion–other than listening to or publishing great stories-–is helping others tell their stories and preserve their legacy. As a result of meeting ordinary people with extraordinary stories, I have become the coauthor of two remarkable memoirs.
Jodie Randisi, Founder, COWCATCHER Publications & Presentations.