April 28th is Tell a Story Day.
“Tell a Story Day is celebrated in the United States, Scotland and the United Kingdom. The aim of the day to get participants telling, sharing and listening to each others stories. It is a celebration of the art of oral storytelling in all of its many forms, whether it be fiction or non-fiction, a tall tale, or folklore. The stories may be told from memory or from a book. Events can be held in community centers, churches, homes and gardens, hospitals, libraries, schools or more unusual venues!” (https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/tell-a-story-day/)
Story telling is as old as humankind. History was celebrated through oral tradition. In fact, some books in the Bible came from the oral traditions of the tribes of Israel, handed down from orator to orator. With the advent of the internet, we have forgotten that story telling isn’t necessarily about reading, but about the personal connection we get when we engage the story-teller her/himself. We feel the emotion. We understand the context. We can infer emotion from pronunciation, body language and emphasis. A story comes alive when orated or read aloud.
We share a bit of our souls when we tell stories. We see a bit of the soul when we hear them. Tell a story to someone you love. They will appreciate it.
Connie Hanner is a PhD student in non-profit organizational leadership and a veteran of both non-profit and for-profit organizations. Visit her leadership website at http://www.conniehanner.com. Find her on Face Book, Linked In and follow her on Twitter.