By sharing the stories that inspire us, we can help promote resilience in others. In this article from Positive News the author explains how to use a narrative structure to highlight aspects of tragedy that might otherwise be missed.
Stories have the power to persuade and change, they can also condemn and isolate us. Once we are past childhood we judge a story by the storyteller. We look for interests and motives that could render the story invalid or suspect. When we listen to the stories we tell ourselves we should be similarly cautious, the narrator is usually hugely biased.
If you have ever done a meaningful interview with another [...]
Stories weave things together and provide order, meaning and understanding. A metaphor, like 'spill the beans', is a mini story that contains both image and impact. We love stories and we depend on them. Good or bad, it's the most powerful ones that hold the attention, and our own story is the most important one of all.