Storytelling: Make Good Choices

Storytelling is an ancient and valuable form of human expression. It can be interactive with the use of words conveying a message while engaging the listener’s imagination.

I was raised on a farm in Kentucky. I loved listening to the stories told by my grandparents and other family members. I did not realize that storytelling is not a regular part of many people’s lives. I now use storytelling to explain concepts in my healing and coaching work. It helps to get the point across indirectly but effectively.  The listener can better understand the lesson, and at the same time is given the space to consider the changes that are being suggested.

One night four college students were out partying late and didn’t study for a test scheduled for the next day. In the morning, they came up with a plan. They dirtied themselves up with grease and soil and went to the Dean with a story. They claimed they had gone to a wedding the previous night, had a car tire burst on the way back, had to push the car all the way back to campus, and so were in no condition to take the test. The Dean thought for a minute and offered a re-test three days out. They thanked him and said they will be ready by that time.

On the third day, they appeared before the Dean. The Dean stated, that as this was a Special Condition Test, all four were required to take the test in separate classrooms. They all agreed without worry as they had prepared well over the prior 3 days.

The Test consisted of only 2 questions totaling 100 Points for 2 correct answers:

1) Your Name? __________ (1 Points)

2) Which tire burst? __________ (99 Points)

Options – (a) Front Left (b) Front Right (c) Back Left (d) Back Right

Moral of the story: Take responsibility or you will learn your lesson.

Which choice would you make?

Big Hugs and Much Love,