Reaching 100--whether as an age or the action of doing something that many times--is an accomplishment.
Beauty surrounds simplicity. Story can and often does encompass such beauty.
Storytelling could be reflected in the following words:
Before the performance, there could be the sound of energized buzzing. People enjoy the company of others while anticipating the stories to be told. When the emcee greets everyone, there might be a moment of silence—the waiting for the storyteller to get on stage.
In this short moment, imaginations warm up.
For those hearing stories at a family gathering, there may not be microphones to adjust. Instead a grandpa, aunt, or other relative may be sitting on the coach and shifts in the seat before sharing an experience.
Silence, once again, heightens the instance.
Applause welcomes the storyteller on stage. The story begins.
The space shared with the storyteller and the audience allows more room for each story to spout forth.
A smile, a frown, or an excited look cues the storyteller on the reception of the story.
Characters are introduced. Settings are painted. Storyteller and audience alike feel like they know everyone involved . . . even if it is the first time hearing the story.
When the story has impact, then the level of thought intensifies.
The reactions may vary from “Huh! Well, what do you know?” to “Now who did that remind me of?” to “What do I do now, after hearing that?”
At times, there could be the thought “When will this story be over with?”
Or the story is not thought of at all. Other things press into the mind like: what needs to be added to the grocery list, cleaned in the house, or completed by the ever-looming deadline?
Though most likely, your experience was one to think about again and again and again.
You find it looming in your mind until a story must be told and continue the cycle: listening, sharing, and thinking.
So go ahead.
Enjoy the simplicity of story.
Question: To what extent do you already know stories?
Answer: You know more stories than you think you do.
We create indices/labels for stories so to tell stories effortlessly and unconsciously. You may also apply indexing to when interviewing others.
Index Construction & Understanding:
1. Match indices for story retrieval
Example: Creating themed storytelling performances
2. Add aspects of a new story to empty slots in an old one
Example: Love a story except for the ending
3. Seek further evidence for stories that were only tentatively held as having been correctly understood
Example: Feminist tales
Types of Indices
Plan to Reach Goal
The ability to remember an event/story increases with:
1. Immediacy of telling after event experienced/story learned
2. Frequency of telling
4. Significance to you
The act of sharing a story with someone else creates its own memory. The more the story is shared, then the more memories connected to the story.
With every version of a story learned, your memory is changed. Every version blurs the details so it is easier to put your own spin to the story. You will have details that you cling to and you will have details that you drop. Finally, ask yourself “How is this story the story of my life?”
Example: Disney version of “The Little Mermaid” vs. H.C. Andersen version
Understand and Share Stories
We may have stories that reflect different cultures but it does not mean we understand the stories completely. According to Schank’s book, if someone learned French and traveled to
Outsider Story Examples: multicultural tales, stories of another place or time
1. What story do I know that relates to the incoming story?
2. Are there any events in my memory where I had a similar goal for a similar reason?
3. Do I have a story in memory where the main goal is the same as that being pursued in the story I am hearing?