I am struck by how important storytelling is among tribal peoples; it forms the basis of their educational systems. The Celtic peoples, for example, insisted that only the poets could be teachers. Why? I think it is because knowledge that is not passed through the heart is dangerous: it may lack wisdom; it may be a power trip; it may squelch life out of the learners. What if our educational systems were to insist that teachers be poets and storytellers and artists? What transformations would follow? —Mathew Fox

Everybody has a story. How many times have we heard this phrase? Or, more importantly, how many times have we heard this phrase and then chosen to ignore it ? It may be cliche, but it is also very true. During this part of my life, I am constantly reminded of it, and of just how important it is. I can look around this room, or any of the rooms in this house for that matter and feel hundreds of stories just waiting to be told.

I am a very strong believer, that in the realm of the spirit, stories are living breathing things. We are all blessed with so many of them, but the trickiest part of this blessing is that we only receive it by giving away that which we have been given. In this world of high speed internet, ipods/ ipads and the like, stories are easy to attain, but how often do we give them to someone else ? These stories are also unique in the fact that by giving them to others we don’t lose anything. The bonds between story and teller only grow stronger each time they are given away.

I would like to encourage each of you to become the story teller you were meant to be. Some time in the next week or two find someone and tell them something they don’t already know. It does not have to be long, it doesn’t even have to be about you, really. I would be willing to bet that once you tell them something they will respond by telling you something in return, the stories will flow like water, and then the real journey can begin. 🙂

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