Today’s full moon speaks of the hardness of winter. ‘Back in the day’, this was the time of year when food began to get scarce. Most meals consisted of soups; water and bones. The bones would add some flavor to the water, then sucked on for its meat and marrow. With snows and cold weather, people stayed close to the fires, telling stories, passing along traditions and reflecting on the meaning of ‘life’; its purpose and developing an understanding of each person’s place in the community and the cycle of life.
Today, food is not as scarce, but people still tend to stay close to the home fires; preferring to remain indoors, slowing down and limiting daily activities. ‘Back in the day’ people’s lives slowed down in part to preserve energy and physical resources. Today, we are much the same; hibernating during these colder, darker days, reveling in those days offering sunlight, and storing up our resources for the coming days filled with warmth, sun and fun in the great outdoors.
Even though we tend to spend more time indoors by the home fires, what we do very little of these days are tell stories of the past, of family, and traditions, passing along lessons of life, and the roots from where we came from. When was the last time you sat and spoke of the past; telling the stories that have been passed down through the generations? Do you have any of those? Or, have you ever taken the time to tell one of your own stories to a younger generation? A story that demonstrated a lesson learned and understood, or a tradition you hold near and dear to your heart, with an explanation of why it means so much to you?
When you tell stories, whether they are those you have heard from the past, handed down through the generations, or a story about yourself, your life and your understanding, you are opening your heart to another person and allowing that person to see you clearly in a whole different light. It is often easier to tell your stories to someone younger, perhaps your children, grandchildren or those of family and friends. A story can teach many things to all who are listening; even if your audience is only one. And, while you may have heard the stories many times in your life, when you tell them you find new and different messages within them for yourself. Whatever message the story may hold for the listener, it has a deeper, more meaningful message for the storyteller. It isn’t just the repeating of a story that matters, it is the storyteller’s ability to weave a scene, filling it with their emotion that embraces the listener and lifts them into the story along with the storyteller.
Take the time to think about your story. We all have one; what’s yours? Take one small part of your story, perhaps an incident that taught you a very fine lesson, and recall it in the fullest of detail. Then, the next time you have an audience (even if it is an audience of one), weave the scene, filling it with emotion, and telling it from your heart. Don’t rush; give it your full attention. Afterward, see if you didn’t learn just a little more from the experience; notice a deeper sense of appreciation towards it. Maybe, you will even notice a little shift in your relationship with your audience.