Edie Jarolim told a story about how being a nervous first time dog owner lead her to writing a book for new owners called Am I Boring My Dog. Kim Lowry told about writing and presenting a play about her recovery from a traumatic brain injury. Jerry Farnsworth was in El Tour de Tucson when he had a heart attack and recovered to tell the story of the insights he had because of the experience.
Silver Linings: The Gratitude Show, stories about things working much better than expected, was the theme at a recent Odyssey Storytelling event. Seven tellers got up on stage and shared important personal life-changing stories to a very appreciative audience. Not only did the tellers feel empowered by the experience but the audience was inspired and moved by the stories of loss and triumph. People were able to identify with the theme, if not the exact circumstances of a story, and offer the teller empathy and understanding.
Diverse themes are chosen for the precise purpose of covering a great range of the human experience. Sometimes the stories are humorous and sometimes they bring tears to the eye, both are valid ways of expressing a feeling. But the most important element is that people tell their truth as they see it. There’s a real human need to be heard and to be seen exactly as we are with no pretense. If the audience is a room full of strangers or just one other person, the power of storytelling can transform people’s lives.
I always tell people that public storytelling is not therapy, but it’s therapeutic.
If you want to tell your story on stage, contact me.