March 21, 2014

The Transcendence of Storytelling

The other day, I went to see Wes Anderson's new film, The Grand Budapest Hotel.

As we headed out of the theatre, I asked my companion,"So, what did you think?"

What stood out most to me in his response was how he appreciated the transcendence of storytelling, that one story was able to impact several generations.

The story forms between two individuals, living life and hence writing the story. In his later years, one of those individuals shares his life story over dinner with a writer, who then goes on to publish a book about it that a young girl reads years after his death. That's at least four distinct generations!

As one of my five favorite parts of the Ei Curriculum, storytelling is incredibly powerful. It allows us to connect and empathize in a way that is both natural and enchanting. We are all storytellers at heart and it comes down to two essences—live, share and receive. Whether you want to share your story through conversation, presentation, writing, singing, animation or any other medium, it is completely your choice. Just as you'll have an audience of eager listeners, be sure to make the time to listen to them as well.

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