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02/09/2019
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“Humanity’s legacy of stories and storytelling is the most precious we have. All wisdom is in our stories and songs. A story is how we construct our experiences…” Doris Lessing

Motivation Mondays: STORYTELLING

Motivation Mondays: The Power of STORYTELLING

Stories can conquer fear, you know. They can make the heart bigger. Ben Okri
Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it. Hannah Arendt
When we want mood experiences, we go to concerts or museums. When we want a meaningful emotional experience, we go to the storyteller. Robert McKee
I am a person who believes in asking questions, in not conforming for the sake of conforming. I am deeply dissatisfied – about so many things, about injustice, about the way the world works – and in some ways, my dissatisfaction drives my storytelling. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I love creating partnerships; I love not having to bear the entire burden of the creative storytelling, and when I have unions like with George Lucas and Peter Jackson, it’s really great; not only do I benefit, but the project is better for it. Steven Spielberg

The Power of StoryTelling: Stories are rooted in all cultures and we are all storytellers. Our mediums or media might vary but, we have stories in us that we have accumulated over the years through our life experiences and exposure to books, movies, songs, and other people’s tales.  We routinely share our stories with others and they inform our decision making and the arc of our life choices. It is impossible to live in this world without exposure to stories because we create them every day through our interactions and communication with others.  Stories inform/educate, inspire, motivate, heal and entertain us. Our experiential stories form an important foundation that guide and empower us on our life path.  Stories are shared through the written word, movies, music, visual art forms including Digital storytelling and through the oldest form of storytelling, the Oral Tradition – the spoken word passed down through the ages by family members and professional storytellers or  Griots.

As far back as I can remember, stories have always been a huge part of my life. I read, saw and heard them from an early age; I heard stories told to gatherings of relatives in front of a burning fireplace during the harmattan season in my grandfather’s compound, read many children and older books filled with stories, and saw and heard my share of movies and music filled with stories of love, loss, and inspiration. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of being read to and being part of a gathering of friends and family at a reading or night of storytelling. We have all had our experience with stories and we continue to create new ones every day.  Aesop’s Fables has been a big part of my story reading experience and I have included several pithy stories here for your enjoyment.  Do you remember your earliest encounter with the world of storytelling? What was the most moving story you ever read, heard or saw?

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Check out: National Storytelling Festival Oct 4-6, 2019
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THE DONKEY AND HIS MASTERS: There was a donkey who worked for a gardener. Because the gardener made the donkey work very hard but gave him very little food, the donkey prayed to Zeus to take him away from the gardener and give him to another master, so Zeus sent Hermes to sell the donkey to a potter. The donkey also found this situation unbearable, since he was forced to carry even heavier loads than before. He called upon Zeus again, and this time Zeus arranged for the donkey to be purchased by a tanner. When the donkey saw the kind of work the tanner did, he said, ‘Oh, it would have been better for me to have kept on working for my previous masters in a state of starvation! Now I have ended up in a place where I won’t even get a proper burial after I die.’ Gratitude for where we are in life is important because the grass might not be greener elsewhere.  Some stories shared from Aesopica

THE OLD WOMAN AND HER DOCTOR: An old woman suffering from an eye ailment summoned a doctor who charged a certain fee. She told him that if he cured her, she would pay him the specified fee, but if he didn’t cure her, she wouldn’t pay him anything. The doctor began the cure, visiting the woman every day. He would smear an ointment on her eyes, and while the ointment prevented her from seeing, he would take some object from her house and carry it away. He did the same thing day after day. The woman saw that her property was being diminished with each passing day and by the time she was cured, all her household goods were gone. The doctor asked her for the agreed-upon fee since she was now able to see clearly, and he summoned witnesses to their agreement. The woman protested, ‘I can’t see a thing! Even when my eyes were ailing, I was able to see the many things which I had in my home. Now, when you claim I am cured, I can’t see any of them!’ The fable shows that by their own actions, wicked people can unwittingly serve as witnesses against themselves in a court of law.

THE FARMER AND HIS SONS: A farmer who was about to die wanted his sons to be knowledgeable about the farm, so he summoned them and said, ‘My children, there is a treasure buried in one of my vineyards.’ After he died, his sons took plows and mattocks and dug up the entire farm. They did not find any treasure, but the vineyard paid them back with a greatly increased harvest. Thus they learned that man’s greatest treasure consists of work.

The Honest Woodcutter: The Greek version of the story tells of a woodcutter who accidentally dropped his ax into a river and, because this was his only means of livelihood, sat down and wept. Taking pity on him, the god Hermes (also known as Mercury) dived into the water and returned with a golden ax. “Was this what you had lost?”, Hermes asked, but the woodcutter said it was not, and returned the same answer when a silver ax was brought to the surface. Only when his own tool is produced does he claim it. Impressed by his honesty, the god allows him to keep all three. Hearing of the man’s good fortune, an envious neighbor threw his own ax into the river and wailed for its return. When Hermes appeared and offered him a golden ax, the man greedily claimed it but was denied both that and the return of his own ax. Dishonesty and greedy don’t always yield expected returns. Wikipedia

THE TREES ELECT A KING: The trees came together so that they could anoint a king to rule over them. ‘Please be our ruler,’ they said to the olive tree. The olive tree said in reply, ‘Why would I abandon the richness of my oil, which is valued by both gods and mortals, in order to become the leader of the trees?’ They came to the fig tree and said, ‘Agree to rule over us.’ The fig tree answered, ‘Why would I relinquish my sweetness and delightful fruit in order to become the leader of the trees?’ They came to the vine, hoping that the vine might rule over them, but the vine answered, ‘Why would I relinquish the wine which brings joy both to God and to mankind?’ And so the vine refused to be their leader. The trees then said to the thorn bush, ‘Rule over us.’ The thorn bush replied, ‘If indeed you have resolved to make me your king, come and rest under my shadow, and if you refuse, a fire will come forth from the thorn bush and devour the cedars.‘  Everything has a price. Aesopica index

 

“Stories are the creative conversion of life itself into a more powerful, clearer, more meaningful experience. They are the currency of human contact.” Robert McKee

Motivation Mondays: STORYTELLING

Motivation Mondays: The Power of STORYTELLING


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I don’t think there’s a subject matter that can’t absorb 3-D; that can’t tolerate the addition of depth as a storytelling technique. Martin Scorsese
True character is revealed in the choices a human being makes under pressure – the greater the pressure, the deeper the revelation, the truer the choice to the character’s essential nature. Robert McKee
Because storytelling, and visual storytelling, was put in the hands of everybody, and we have all now become storytellers. LeVar Burton
Storytelling is an essential human activity. The harder the situation, the more essential it is. Tim O’Brien
Storytelling is a very old human skill that gives us an evolutionary advantage. If you can tell young people how you kill an emu, acted out in song or dance, or that Uncle George was eaten by a croc over there, don’t go there to swim, then those young people don’t have to find out by trial and error. Margaret Atwood

The Wisdom of Storytelling: We learn and inform through storytelling. Stories are our greatest repository of history, hope, and heritage. They bring the past back to life and give us much to expect for the future. When we share our stories, we add to the body of knowledge that exists in the world. All of history, beliefs, and traditions come from gathered stories, and we continue to add to that well of wisdom on a daily basis.  Don’t forget to celebrate the next World Storytelling Day on March 20, 2020. Come later back for more on this post.

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THE CROW AND THE WATER JAR: A thirsty crow noticed a huge jar and saw that at the very bottom there was a little bit of water. For a long time, the crow tried to spill the water out so that it would run over the ground and allow her to satisfy her tremendous thirst. After exerting herself for some time in vain, the crow grew frustrated and applied all her cunning with unexpected ingenuity: as she tossed little stones into the jar, the water rose of its own accord until she was able to take a drink. This fable shows us that thoughtfulness is superior to brute strength since this is the way that the crow was able to carry her task to its conclusion. From Aesopica

THE LION AND THE FARMER’S DAUGHTER: A story about a lion and a young woman, which teaches us not to indulge our desires. A lion who had fallen in love with a young woman went to the woman’s father to ask for her hand in marriage. The father was afraid to refuse the lion’s offer, but asked him first to have his teeth and claws taken out; otherwise, the lion could only arouse his daughter’s terror. The lion was so in love with the woman that he agreed to the bargain. When the lion came back and approached the farmer, now naked and defenseless, the farmer clubbed him to death. If you follow your enemies’ advice, you will run into danger.

THE BOY WHO CRIED ‘WOLF’: There was a boy tending the sheep who would continually go up to the embankment and shout, ‘Help, there’s a wolf!’ The farmers would all come running only to find out that what the boy said was not true. Then one day there really was a wolf but when the boy shouted, they didn’t believe him and no one came to his aid. The whole flock was eaten by the wolf. The story shows that this is how liars are rewarded: even if they tell the truth, no one believes them

Wolf in Sheep’s clothing: A wolf once decided to change his nature by changing his appearance, and thus get plenty to eat. He put on a sheepskin and accompanied the flock to the pasture. The shepherd was fooled by the disguise. When night fell, the shepherd shut up the wolf in the fold with the rest of the sheep and as the fence was placed across the entrance, the sheepfold was securely closed off. But when the shepherd wanted a sheep for his supper, he took his knife and killed the wolf. Changing your clothes doesn’t change your character and could get you in trouble.

Chanticleer: The cock, Chanticleer, lives with his three wives in an enclosure on a rich man’s farm. He is forewarned in a dream of his capture by a predator but is inclined to disregard it, against the persuasion of his favorite, Pinte, who has already caught sight of Renart, the wolf, lurking in the cabbage patch. Eventually, the two creatures meet and Renart overcomes the cock’s initial fear by describing the great admiration he had for the singing of Chanticleer’s father. If the son is to equal his father, he explains, he must shut his eyes as he stretches his neck to crow. But when Chanticleer obliges, the fox seizes him and makes a run for the woods with the farmworkers and a mastiff in pursuit. Chanticleer now advises the fox to turn round and defy them, but when he opens his mouth to do so Chanticleer flies up to safety in a tree. Both then blame themselves for the gullibility their pride has led them into. Wikipedia

 

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“The fact of storytelling hints at a fundamental human unease hints at human imperfection. Where there is perfection there is no story to tell.” Ben Okri

Motivation Mondays: Power of STORYTELLING

Motivation Mondays: Power of STORYTELLING

Motivation Mondays: STORYTELLING

Motivation Mondays: The Power of STORYTELLING

Storytelling and elegant style don’t always go hand in hand. Donna Tartt
Storytelling is about two things; it’s about character and plot. George Lucas
The connective tissue between storytelling, advice, and comedy is passion. Lauren Lapkus
Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today. Robert McAfee Brown
We’re so complex; we’re mysteries to ourselves; we’re difficult for each other. And then storytelling reminds us we’re all the same. Brad Pitt
I think that storytelling, at its essence, allows us to feel like we all suffer the same insanity or similar insanity of existence: that nobody escapes scot-free... David Harbour

The Magic of Storytelling: We can be transported to another realm through the lens of storytelling. When we gather with loved ones to see a movie, share a reading or hear a well-crafted tale, we are drawn in by our expectations of enjoying a beautifully told tale. This is why movies and all forms of visual storytelling are enjoyed by billions of people globally. When we go to the movies or listen to a moving song, we can, for a moment, escape the stressors facing us, and flow into an altered space where we become privy to an alternate reality. This form of escapism gives our brain a chance to relax, step back from our situation, and even process new ways of viewing our current circumstances. In good and hard times, stories are used to bond with others and celebrate achievements, to castigate our detractors, and to offer clear examples of what is, what was, and what might happen if things were different.  Come later back for more on this post.

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A Story: The Headache & Halo by Anon
One day, a man walked into his doctor’s office complaining… ” Doctor, I have this awful headache that won’t go away. Please, could you give me a prescription for it?”
“I will,” murmured the doctor, pondering what had set off his usually calm patient. “but first, I want to check out a few things and ask you a few questions… Tell me, do you drink a lot of alcohol?”
“Alcohol?” the man shouted back indignantly. “I never touch that filthy stuff. Nor do I go near people who drink it. All filthy!”
“How about smoking?” the doctor calmly inquired.
“I think smoking is disgusting. I’ve never touched tobacco in my life.”
“Okay,” the doctor continued, “I’m a bit embarrassed to even ask this, but… Do you run around at night seeking dangerous pleasures?”
“Of course not! What do you take me for? I’m a highly spiritual and disciplined man, and I’m in bed by 10 o’clock every night.” The man spat back.
“Then, tell me…” said the doctor, “This pain in your head, is it a sharp, shooting kind of pain?”
“Yes, yes!” The man eagerly replied, his eyes lighting up… “It is… a sharp, shooting kind of pain.”
“Well, that’s simple, my dear fellow!” the doctor replied with a smile on his face. “The trouble is that you have your halo on too tight. All we need to do for you is loosen it up a bit; loosen you up a bit! Avoid the bad habits I mentioned earlier, and enjoy some innocent pleasures in life – Create some balance. Let go of the rigidity. Live!” Anon

THE DOG IN THE MANGER: There was a wicked dog lying in a manger full of hay. When the cattle came and wanted to eat, the dog barred their way, baring his teeth. The cattle said to the dog, ‘You are being very unfair by begrudging us something we need which is useless to you. Dogs don’t eat hay, but you will not let us near it.’ The same thing happened when a dog was holding a bone in his mouth: the dog couldn’t chew on the bone that way, but no other dog was able to chew on it either. People frequently begrudge something to others that they themselves cannot enjoy. Even though it does them no good, they won’t let others have it. The fable shows that it is not easy to avoid envy: with some effort, you can try to escape its effects, but it never goes away entirely.

THE TWO POTS: The banks of a river caved in, tossing two pots into the river where they have swept away together in the raging waters. Each of the pots had been created by a different technique from a different material: one was made of poured bronze and the other was molded clay. There was thus an uneasy alliance between the two of them, one fragile and one unbreakable, as they moved along the winding course of the wandering stream. The bronze jar solemnly promised to keep her hulking progress at a distance from the other jar, not wanting to strike and shatter her. The jar of clay, meanwhile, was afraid that the heavier object might do damage to her lighter frame because something slight can put no trust in something superior. ‘Although your words are reassuring,’ the clay pot said, ‘I cannot shake this fear from my soul. Whether the wave crashes me into you or you into me, in either case, I will be the only victim of the catastrophe.’ The story teaches us that some situations are simply inevitable but it helps to stay faithful.

THE LION AND THE BOAR AT THE SPRING: In the summertime when the heat makes everyone thirsty, a lion and a wild boar had come to drink from the same small spring. They began to argue about who was going to take the first drink, and their argument escalated into a duel to the death. When they momentarily paused to catch their breath, the lion and the boar saw that vultures were waiting to snatch and devour the one who was killed. At that point, the lion and the boar put their hatred aside and said, ‘It is better for us to befriend one another than to be eaten by vultures and ravens!’ The story teaches us that it is good to set aside our deadly disputes and conflicts since they put everyone’s lives in jeopardy.

THE CITY MOUSE AND THE COUNTRY MOUSE: A city mouse once happened to pay a visit to the house of a country mouse where he was served a humble meal of acorns. The city mouse finished his business in the country and by means of insistent invitations, he persuaded the country mouse to come to pay him a visit. The city mouse then brought the country mouse into a room that was overflowing with food. As they were feasting on various delicacies, a butler opened the door. The city mouse quickly concealed himself in a familiar mouse hole, but the poor country mouse was not acquainted with the house and frantically scurried around the floorboards, frightened out of his wits. When the butler had taken what he needed, he closed the door behind him. The city mouse then urged the country mouse to sit back down to dinner. The country mouse refused and said, ‘How could I possibly do that? Oh, how scared I am! Do you think that the man is going to come back?’ This was all that the terrified mouse was able to say. The city mouse insisted, ‘My dear fellow, you could never find such delicious food as this anywhere else in the world.’ ‘Acorns are enough for me,’ the country mouse maintained, ‘so long as I am secure in my freedom!’ It is better to live in self-sufficient poverty than to be tormented by the worries of wealth.

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Positive Motivation Tip: Stories are our greatest repository of history, hope, and heritage. They bring the past back to life and give us much to expect for the future. Tell and Cherish Yours!

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241 Comments leave one →
  1. Adriana permalink
    03/09/2019 4:08 am

    This is so interesting. The power of telling stories is so amazing! The dog in the manger definitely got me. Love this

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      03/09/2019 11:57 pm

      Yes, it is one of my favorite stories because I remember hearing it read out loud and acted by a visitor to my kindergarten classroom. The memory remains vivid and the story cogent. It’s the ultimate greedy/selfish behavior story… much like we see in some circles of our planet today. Sadly. Yet stories can lift and inspire us too. 🙂

    • makeupadda1 permalink
      12/09/2019 5:32 am

      Story telling is amazing. I liked the post its amazing. I like story telling.

    • Renee Theresa permalink
      18/09/2019 4:27 am

      Storytelling is such an important part of carrying on family memories and cultures. Thanks for sharing

    • Surekha-dreamingloud permalink
      18/09/2019 4:44 am

      All the stories are great..! They are all engaging and I love the lessons with it..

  2. Emily Fata permalink
    03/09/2019 4:53 am

    I will never tire of the art of storytelling. Even as an adult, I am still enraptured by the legends and folklore that my uncles tell me when I go visit them, oftentimes about the ancestors on the Indigenous side of my family.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      15/09/2019 7:52 pm

      I love stories too… 🙂

  3. Sanjota Purohit permalink
    03/09/2019 5:34 am

    “Stories are the creative conversion of life itself into a more powerful, clearer, more meaningful experience. They are the currency of human contact” Beautiful quote.

  4. Sophie permalink
    03/09/2019 7:58 am

    Such a beautiful post. Story telling is such a beautiful way to depict an event or even experience. Thanks for theinspiration.

  5. Lyanna Soria permalink
    03/09/2019 3:25 pm

    Those are some amazing stories, I ha fun reading some of them. My favorite ones is when my parents tell me stories during bedtime or those found in my favorite books.

  6. Samar permalink
    03/09/2019 4:30 pm

    Wolf in sheep clothing is a masterpiece story, reading about it makes me nostalgic.

  7. twinspirational permalink
    03/09/2019 4:30 pm

    Thanks for this wonderful blog..! I agree to all your points.. Great job, love it..!

  8. Sushmita R Malakar permalink
    03/09/2019 5:59 pm

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this post! It is motivating and of course it reinstated the value of the old fables we heard while we grew up! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  9. Sundeep permalink
    03/09/2019 7:54 pm

    I already sent request to join the group. But somehow still not approved. I am sending again. Do accept my request

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      15/09/2019 7:51 pm

      Which group Sundeep?

  10. Geraline Batarra permalink
    03/09/2019 8:01 pm

    I love the stories you’ve shared here. Full of lessons. Been looking forward to more of your blogs.

  11. ansh997x permalink
    03/09/2019 8:34 pm

    Truly agree with everything you said about storytelling. A good storyteller weaves worlds out of their sentence.

  12. maartjevansandwijk permalink
    03/09/2019 9:05 pm

    I love stories so much! I think, if you write, you are the God of your own little world and you can share that with others <3

    • Elizabeth O permalink
      17/09/2019 1:18 am

      Interesting perspective. Sharing stories do make us narrators with a central role into the telling…

  13. Shannah Holt -Mastering Mom Chaos permalink
    03/09/2019 9:37 pm

    Wow so many great stories and I haven’t heard of most of these. The ones I have was the boy who cried wolf and the wolf in sheep’s clothing. The farmer one was a great lesson as well.

  14. Kuntala Banerjee Bhattacharya permalink
    03/09/2019 10:01 pm

    Liked reading the stories. They carry a lot of meaning. Very inspiring and motivating. My son also read through.

  15. Stacie permalink
    04/09/2019 1:32 am

    This is a fascinating post. Most of us think of storytelling as either for learning or entertainment. I really have never thought about how it actually helps weave the fabric of our history and society before.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      15/09/2019 7:51 pm

      Yes, it does all of the above.

  16. Jenn permalink
    04/09/2019 1:36 am

    I’ve always believed in the importance of storytelling and our aural tradition. You can learn a lot in history books, but some of the most important lessons are learned as anecdotes from books or just stories that our parents or other family members tell us. They all come together to really create everyday life.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      15/09/2019 7:50 pm

      Indeed. Stories are a great way to transmit history

  17. Dalene Ekirapa permalink
    04/09/2019 1:54 am

    Story telling is indeed powerful! And your story about the lion and the boar gives me a lesson of the day: we should not at all dwell in our conflicts but live in harmony or else, all of us will suffer. Anyway, as a blogger, I can say that adding a personal touch to any post makes it elate better to the audience.

  18. Dalene Ekirapa permalink
    04/09/2019 2:05 am

    Story telling is indeed powerful! And thanks for the lesson from the story of the lion and the boar- we’d better live in unison and forget about our conflicts. Or else, we’d all suffer. Anyway, as a blogger, story telling plays a huge part in my writing too. I’ve realized that when I include a personal touch through a story in a post, it relates to the audience even better.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      15/09/2019 7:50 pm

      Yes, it does make a difference.

  19. GiGi Eats Celebrities permalink
    04/09/2019 3:17 am

    My husband and I are storytellers for a living. I mean he’s an actor – so he is telling different stories ON THE DAILY and me?! I am just a “personality”… Which means people watch me because I tell stories!

  20. Emman Damian permalink
    04/09/2019 3:23 am

    I love telling short stories to children. It stimulates their imagination and creativity. It also help them develop their communication skills.

  21. StressedMum (@stressedmum01) permalink
    04/09/2019 4:16 am

    It is amazing just what a story can tell, from good and bad to making us think how we are in our own lives

  22. Michael David Oyco permalink
    04/09/2019 4:21 am

    It is so simple to say but so hard to pull through. Man, so much factors but when done the right way, magic happens. All the emotions transfer to the listeners and they remember it pretty well.

  23. Kathy Myers permalink
    04/09/2019 4:25 am

    As a former teacher I would love to do storytelling, my students seemed to remember things better if I incorporated a story! The farmer and his sons was always one of my favorites.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      15/09/2019 7:49 pm

      They sure do.

  24. Renee Theresa permalink
    04/09/2019 4:32 am

    I love passing on stories to family members. I feel like it is so important! Thanks for sharing this beautiful post

  25. Rosey Marie permalink
    04/09/2019 5:37 am

    I like the idea of using these little paras for students to determine theme in my class. I am going to look for something similar and do it!

  26. amandacroaff permalink
    04/09/2019 5:56 am

    Such a great read! Thank you for sharing your stories!

  27. travelwisesr permalink
    04/09/2019 5:59 am

    Your posts have always been so inspiring. And this post on storytelling and the stories make you think again and again about what life is meant to be. Thanks so much.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      15/09/2019 7:48 pm

      Thank you too

  28. thebossyhouse permalink
    04/09/2019 6:00 am

    I LOVE stories to entertain and to teach a lesson. I agree that stories help heal us and make our hearts bigger. Thanks for the list!

  29. Pink Frenzy/Öku Möku (@Pink_Frenzy) permalink
    04/09/2019 6:11 am

    Story telling is so powerful. I always enjoyed my father telling me stories x

    Laura

  30. Jaana McEntee permalink
    04/09/2019 6:28 am

    Such a beautifully written post! I always enjoy coming onto your blog 🙂 Thank you

  31. Ruchie permalink
    04/09/2019 6:42 am

    I loved the post from the core and feel like yes sometimes small stories can give you so much motivation in life!!

  32. floridforest permalink
    04/09/2019 6:42 am

    I agree we are all storytellers! That’s why I started blogging 🙂

  33. Glam2Greatness permalink
    04/09/2019 8:10 am

    Shucks! I remember I used to read Aesop fables everyday when I was a kid. I also heard that story about the boy who cried wolf several times. The city mouse and country mouse has now a nursery rhyme version. Wow. Stories have been part of our lives.

  34. Autumn permalink
    04/09/2019 8:51 am

    All great motivational and inspirational stories! My favorite has always been City Mouse and Country Mouse and the story it teaches about greed.
    “It is better to live in self-sufficient poverty than to be tormented by the worries of wealth.”

  35. Stephanie permalink
    04/09/2019 9:27 am

    It’s amazing how much storytelling plays a role in our lives. My family have always been scrapbookers which is our way of telling the family stories through photos.

  36. Joline permalink
    04/09/2019 10:20 am

    Not only do we learn and connect through stories. Some say that’s how we live on too.

  37. Kelly Martin permalink
    04/09/2019 11:21 am

    These are great stories. I like the one about the farmer and his sons.

  38. Tiffany La Forge-Grau permalink
    04/09/2019 12:28 pm

    I remember when I was younger my mother would tell me stories all the time. I still remember them quite fondly.

  39. Eileen M Loya permalink
    04/09/2019 12:44 pm

    I loved listening to my grandfather’s stories. Mostly it was about how the family survived during World War II. Storytelling gives you the chance to be at that moment. It is sharing a memory, a part of oneself, so personal and so real.

  40. Angela Giles permalink
    04/09/2019 1:10 pm

    I love this! I like that you quoted “The connective tissue between storytelling, advice, and comedy is passion. Lauren Lapkus” I agree with it.

  41. Norma permalink
    04/09/2019 1:31 pm

    Storytelling is such an important skill. One of my favorite stories is the City Mouse and the Country Mouse. It’s interesting how each mouse prefers her own environment.

  42. Celebrate Woman (@DiscoverSelf) permalink
    04/09/2019 3:38 pm

    Storytelling is a powerful thing that affects us throughout our lives. Those stories we hear in childhood do have the strongest impression.

  43. amayszingblogs permalink
    04/09/2019 3:51 pm

    I remember when I was kid every night before I sleep my mom always telling me stories like her past life,myth and anything one of my best child hood life 🙂 Love this post!

  44. kat permalink
    04/09/2019 4:47 pm

    Storytelling is an amazing skill and it is so rare nowadays. I myself suck at it and I’d love to develop the ability to weave my stories beautifully!

  45. Chrissy permalink
    04/09/2019 5:37 pm

    When we had no gadgets, stories were told from the books. I miss those times!

  46. Jayashree Sengupta permalink
    04/09/2019 6:48 pm

    Totally agree. I personally think that storytelling always binds us together. I have seen children growing up, with and without the touch of this magic wand. Children often turn out imaginative and inquisitive when left in touch with the stories…. When it is otherwise, they are more withheld, tends more to create q wall around themselves. Stories, at an early age, really helps to mould our minds.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      15/09/2019 7:46 pm

      They can be impactful and are shared in elementary schools cross the world

  47. Sonali Choudhury permalink
    04/09/2019 9:11 pm

    Enjoyed reading the stories. Very interesting. I loved the title “motivational Monday’s”

  48. Neil Alvin permalink
    04/09/2019 9:57 pm

    Great read. I have always loved how you presented things. Keep it up.

  49. Anna permalink
    04/09/2019 11:38 pm

    The most precious thing is that our life is full of unique strories and experiences! I love the quote saying that stories are the creative conversion of life itself! I love the one about city mouse and country mouse: so true, it is better to live in self-sufficient poverty than to be tormented by the worries of wealth.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      15/09/2019 7:45 pm

      Yes, so many people find comfort in stories… they always made me think.

  50. Margaret Smith permalink
    05/09/2019 12:51 am

    Storytelling is such an important tool. Our brain connects so much easier when receiving information in the form of a story.

  51. Patricia Chamberlain permalink
    05/09/2019 12:53 am

    All these stories are so interesting! I learned from my time working in a preschool classroom that a good story can be both educational and emotionally soothing.

  52. Sharvina.y permalink
    05/09/2019 1:05 am

    Great list! I enjoyed reading ‘Little Women’ a lot as a child.

  53. Lina Ray permalink
    05/09/2019 5:30 am

    I grew up hearing these Aesop tales and they have never ceased to interest me. You put em down so beautifully here. Appreciated.

  54. Laura's Lovely Blog permalink
    05/09/2019 5:59 am

    This is really fascinating and some lovely stories here, I am actually going to bookmark this and come back and read through them properly. I think stories are a fascinating part of history and a great way to pass on things and educate children

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      15/09/2019 7:44 pm

      We adults learn a lot from them too

  55. Lasonia permalink
    05/09/2019 6:27 am

    What an interesting article. The lion and the boar was truly an eye opener for me. Storytelling is definitely an art form.

  56. Gervin Khan permalink
    05/09/2019 7:14 am

    I do believe in the power of story telling as you were able to share either a good or bad memories of the past.

  57. prabzi permalink
    05/09/2019 7:27 am

    These reads on this blog is really amazing. Has alot of powerful postive vibe in all the short stories.

  58. Lyosha Varezhkina permalink
    05/09/2019 7:45 am

    I think storytelling is an important skill. having a story to tell is not the same as telling it fine. It’s funny because I often ask person to tell this story or that because I am not a best person to tell the story

  59. Kristal permalink
    05/09/2019 9:19 am

    The power of storytelling is so amazing. You can learn so many lessons with them.

  60. Neely permalink
    05/09/2019 9:51 am

    The power of storytelling is really wonderful! I was at MOPS today and the woman speaking told such amazing stories that really related so well to what we were discussing.

  61. Ronnie E. permalink
    05/09/2019 10:08 am

    There really is so much power to these short stories! I loved the story about the farmer and his sons – it really resonates with me. Hard work pays off – there are no shortcuts!

  62. Steph Social permalink
    05/09/2019 2:33 pm

    I have native background and grew up hearing lots of inspiring stories as a child! They are powerful and are great at any age!

  63. Chad permalink
    05/09/2019 3:05 pm

    I’ve been reading and studying quite a lot about the history of storytelling and how humans have been doing it for thousands of years. Quite amazing.

  64. TweenselMom (@TweenselMom) permalink
    05/09/2019 4:40 pm

    I remember the days when I use to tell stories to my toddlers. They are the best days of my live as a mother.

  65. Celebrate Woman (@DiscoverSelf) permalink
    05/09/2019 4:49 pm

    Storytelling is one of the powerful ways not only to learn about new facts of life, but also to expand our connections with other people.

  66. Christa Anne permalink
    05/09/2019 5:51 pm

    Storytelling is such an important part of the human experience. I love all the ways in which stories are told.

  67. literallyicanteven365 permalink
    05/09/2019 6:07 pm

    I love that you shared different stories.

  68. ansh997x permalink
    05/09/2019 6:52 pm

    This is so inspiring. I have read Donkey and his masters before. Its really good and perfect for all age.

  69. Catherine Santiago Jose permalink
    05/09/2019 10:27 pm

    I love this post it so beautiful and I believe that by means of storytelling you were able to share an important story of the past.

  70. travelloverefzin permalink
    06/09/2019 12:35 am

    I love stories and I always share one with my kids as an example. Also before bed time 🙂 This doggy is really my favorite!

    Zina

  71. alexandra cook permalink
    06/09/2019 12:41 am

    My childhood is never complete without a storytelling. y mom use to read these stories to me before bedtime and I already do the same thing to my kids.

  72. sincerelymissj permalink
    06/09/2019 12:45 am

    Story telling is a indeed a powerful tool and it’s important for documenting our past and present. Loved the stories especially the one with the lion.

  73. Polly Amora permalink
    06/09/2019 3:48 am

    I remember my mom telling me stories before bed. She usually picks stories that have lessons in it, one of them is The boy who cried wolf. It’s simple yet powerful. Thank you for this post! Brings so much memories!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      15/09/2019 7:42 pm

      I wonder why so many like that story. 🙂

  74. Nichelle permalink
    06/09/2019 9:56 am

    Stories have always been an important of my life too. I think in essence it kind of gives an opinion about life.

  75. Sarah M permalink
    06/09/2019 10:53 am

    These are some amazing stories. I like reading short stories. Wolf in Sheep’s clothing has a nice lesson in it.

  76. Rhonda Albom permalink
    06/09/2019 1:24 pm

    Storytelling is a great way to teach and transfer morals from generation to generation. I also like it for its historical values.

  77. onehoppymomma permalink
    06/09/2019 1:57 pm

    This is so important, even for families. I recent found a family diary that my grandmother & her sisters used. It was more like daily happenings and such. I learned so much about their life.

  78. Shannon Gurnee permalink
    06/09/2019 4:58 pm

    It’s amazing how much we can learn from our past with stories. This is an awesome article.

  79. Marjie Mare permalink
    06/09/2019 5:43 pm

    My grandmother was the greatest story teller I have ever known. Now as an adult, I missed her telling us stories and most importantly, I can say that her stories were preparing my brother and I for life. We learnt about our culture, our past, and our family histories thru her stories.

  80. itsasweetsweetworld permalink
    06/09/2019 6:44 pm

    Storytelling is such an important art. Growing up, we learn so much from them!

  81. twinspirational permalink
    06/09/2019 7:09 pm

    The power of story telling is amazing. When I was a kid I love it when my father used to do this to make me feel sleepy.

  82. Sincerely Jackline permalink
    06/09/2019 8:15 pm

    Great job on this blog..! I agree to all the things that you mentioned here. Story telling is so great..!

  83. Bindu Thomas permalink
    07/09/2019 1:28 am

    I’ve read that story-telling has healing and therapeutic properties. Who doesn’t love stories? I’ve heard or read most of the stories here or their versions.

  84. serenarogers19 permalink
    07/09/2019 3:40 am

    I love a good story! No matter the setting or the purpose, a story told well will get the message across. Great post! Thank you for sharing.

  85. Indu permalink
    07/09/2019 6:00 am

    Storytelling is a powerful tool that brings the experience alive. Storytelling is immersive feel for the person who tells stories and the ones who listen.

  86. missmisanthrop permalink
    07/09/2019 9:03 am

    Great Stories, I remember some of these from my childhood

  87. Evan Petzer permalink
    07/09/2019 4:55 pm

    Always so great to read your content, yes our stories have great influence and filled with wisdom.

  88. Celebrate Woman (@DiscoverSelf) permalink
    07/09/2019 6:06 pm

    Storytelling is a beautiful way to connect with other human beings and understand them better.

  89. alessiamarciano permalink
    07/09/2019 10:55 pm

    Always love your post! Give lots of motivation! <3

  90. twinspirational permalink
    08/09/2019 12:40 am

    Nice blog. I love all the stories you’ve shared here. This blog post is so engaging.. 😊

  91. Ruth I permalink
    08/09/2019 4:25 am

    Story tellers has so many unique talents. I am so impressed by it. I’m a fan of your writtings.

  92. Dave permalink
    08/09/2019 6:44 am

    Stories are very important in almost every culture today. They tell the stories of our pasta.

  93. Maureen permalink
    08/09/2019 7:04 am

    I enjoy listening to stories from older folks, it carries so much depth and character.

  94. Adventures with Shelby permalink
    08/09/2019 3:07 pm

    I love passing down stories

  95. Jasmine M permalink
    08/09/2019 6:45 pm

    The stories I used to hear my grandparents and mom tell me as a child is what I got me into loving folklore and fairy tales. I am obsessed with reading different cultures’ folklore tales. I love storytelling. It’s not only great for leisure entertainment, but it also helps me make choices for things I might buy in the future.. like when a blogger tells a story about a product I was thinking about buying. The power of storytelling is pretty awesome.

  96. colossalumbrella permalink
    08/09/2019 8:22 pm

    I take story telling classes for toddler and Kindergarten and agree with your thoughts here. There is a lot you can teach and create with storytelling.

  97. Bree permalink
    09/09/2019 11:39 am

    Storytelling is powerful! Humans are unique in the way we can pass information through the ages!

  98. Syed Shams-uz-Zoha Naqvi permalink
    09/09/2019 7:49 pm

    You have written a great blog post. Stories interest and inform us. They are so much a part of our everyday life. Your collection of short stories here is really good.

  99. clydequin93 permalink
    09/09/2019 8:50 pm

    I love storytelling, especially when I am always the listener which I do given the job that I have now, I used to listen a lot of times to my patients’ stories and it’s really refreshing to know and discover other people’s stories.

  100. Joanna permalink
    09/09/2019 11:22 pm

    Stories are so important in our lives because they teach us that good will always win. I remember how in school, in the literature class, we used to discuss a lot of these stories and fables, and they always made us think about actions and consequences.

  101. Celebrate Woman (@DiscoverSelf) permalink
    10/09/2019 10:48 am

    Story telling comes to us from the centuries back. It is a way, a common thread that can connect different generations and cultures.

  102. tingandthings.com permalink
    10/09/2019 1:40 pm

    Love these! I enjoyed The city mouse and country mouse

  103. Sanjota Purohit permalink
    10/09/2019 2:55 pm

    “Stories are the creative conversion of life itself into a more powerful, clearer, more meaningful experience. They are the currency of human contact.” I can totally agree with this point.

  104. LuciWest permalink
    10/09/2019 4:29 pm

    Awesome thoughts and images related to story-telling. Very inspiring. Every image sparks a story.

  105. Marjie Mare permalink
    10/09/2019 5:47 pm

    I did not realize the power of storytelling until next year. I went to a humorous speech competition and I decided to speak about the stories that my grandmother used to tell us and their meanings to our lives and I came up second place.

  106. milaroko permalink
    10/09/2019 6:15 pm

    My favorite is A city mouse and the country mouse! Great read!

  107. anchoredinelegance permalink
    10/09/2019 7:28 pm

    Wow, so many of these remind me of my childhod. I was blessed to have a mother who also believed in the power of storytelling. She shared many of these fables and stories with me. Consequently, I became a journalist (aka storyteller) myself. What an inspiring post!

  108. panushwari permalink
    11/09/2019 12:09 am

    ben okri’s famished road was a book i still can’t forget. Thanks for reminding me of the power of storytelling.

  109. Sushmita Malakar (@sushmitamalakar) permalink
    11/09/2019 1:52 am

    Thank you for sharing this. As I have said earlier, these are the stories which help you build a strong character.

  110. serenarogers19 permalink
    11/09/2019 2:38 am

    The boy who cried wolf! Great story! I’ll have to look up the others as never heard of them. Thanks for sharing!

  111. Wren Marie permalink
    11/09/2019 4:03 am

    I really love this. As someone who is an aspiring author stories really move me. I love all kinds of stories!

  112. aisasami permalink
    11/09/2019 4:48 am

    Awesome stories. I never heard of these but I have heard of Aesop’s Fables. They are in the vein of these stories as they have a moral included.

  113. missmisanthrop permalink
    11/09/2019 5:41 am

    The city mouse and the country mouse was always one of my favorite stories. Thanks for sharing.

  114. Ruth permalink
    11/09/2019 6:09 am

    This is such a cool post! I love storytelling and hearing stories. All the stories in this list are really captivating and I hadn’t heard of a lot of them. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  115. kevin Akidi permalink
    11/09/2019 8:51 am

    Stories are how we learn about the past and pave way for the future.In my culture a lot of teaching to the young are done through stories with underlying lessons. I have always been fascinated by stories.

  116. Streamed TV Fan permalink
    11/09/2019 10:27 am

    Every time my children complain about not being able to do anything I remind them of the Aesop’s fable about the thirsty crow and they get it!

  117. Cindy B permalink
    11/09/2019 10:50 am

    Storytelling can absolutely be so powerful! Love this post!

  118. TweenselMom (@TweenselMom) permalink
    11/09/2019 11:39 am

    We’re so complex; we’re mysteries to ourselves; we’re difficult to each other. And then storytelling reminds us we’re all the same. Brad Pitt, so agree with him. Without storytelling, the lessons from all those valuable moments will be lost.

  119. Dipika Singh permalink
    11/09/2019 5:02 pm

    I agree, storytelling is an art and a nice positive story can manifest on listeners mind foreverm this is a wonderful story.

  120. Rupal Srivastava permalink
    11/09/2019 5:16 pm

    This is amazing! The power of story telling is awesome.

  121. Rudy permalink
    11/09/2019 5:21 pm

    A fantastic collection of tales that are both inspirational and timeless 👊 The story about the farmer & his sons I think has got to be y favorite 🚜

  122. Fatima D Torres permalink
    11/09/2019 6:35 pm

    There’s nothing more exciting than a good story. The more descriptive, the best.

  123. blair villanueva permalink
    11/09/2019 7:29 pm

    Each time my parents (then) gives us bedtime stories, ohh boi I am always into it. Stories gives so many lessons in my life, and these became a guide to my adulthood.

  124. arun permalink
    11/09/2019 11:13 pm

    The art of story telling is as ancient as human civilization. These stories teach us so many important lessons. I loved the stories you shared.

  125. Adi permalink
    12/09/2019 12:10 am

    Stories bring the joy in life and conversations. By the way, I loved the quote by Steven Spielberg.

  126. ellypaunoska permalink
    12/09/2019 12:53 am

    I love your post , power of telling stories is powerfull.

  127. You, Me and Benny permalink
    12/09/2019 4:26 am

    This is so me! I love stories and grew up reading books and making up my own stories – it’s amazing how they can affect your life!

  128. mike a permalink
    12/09/2019 6:04 am

    The power of storytelling is pretty amazing. You’ve shared lots of good ones here. The earliest story that I actually remember being told to me was when I was maybe in kindergarten, The Monster At The End Of This Book, lol.

  129. genaadventure permalink
    12/09/2019 7:44 am

    I’m not gonna lie, I always grab a cup of tea when I read your new posts. Always so interetsing and takes my mind away for a bit!

  130. Ching permalink
    12/09/2019 8:06 am

    I loved listening to my dad and his stories of when the Japanese invaded the Philippines when he was a kid. It was so fascinating to me!

  131. Tiana's Lens permalink
    12/09/2019 8:08 am

    Your posts are always so well detailed and informative. I believe storytelling is an art that takes skill, time and willingness to perfect

  132. ukeveryday permalink
    12/09/2019 8:20 am

    I love to read those stories. Thank you for sharing this!

  133. Ellie Plummer permalink
    12/09/2019 8:35 am

    This is so interesting I guess we tell stories to people everyday. I love the city mouse one.

  134. Jesusa Gilliam permalink
    12/09/2019 8:40 am

    I agree, storytelling is very important, it keeps history alive. I have told my son a few of these but the one that stands out is the boy who cried wolf. I have explained this to him especially at times when he says he is hurt. Great read, thank you for sharing.

  135. Sauumye Chauhan permalink
    12/09/2019 9:22 am

    Story telling is a really powerful tool!!! It can be so influential. I loved the story about The City mouse and the Country mouse.

  136. Claudia H. Blanton permalink
    12/09/2019 12:13 pm

    I love the moral of the story of the Donkey begging to be moved to a different owner only to find out that the grass is not always greener on the other side! Messages like these – reminding us to be grateful, as an example – are what I love about fables and old folk stories. They stick with us for a long time, at least they have for me. One of my favorite stories, that I remember from my childhood was The Little Prince. Blessings!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      15/09/2019 7:40 pm

      Yes, the grass is not greener and it is a lifelong lesson

  137. Sarah permalink
    12/09/2019 1:03 pm

    Stories are great I love learning new things from different stories.

  138. Norma permalink
    12/09/2019 2:50 pm

    Storytelling is so important! It is true that we can be transported to another realm through the lens of storytelling. Movies are another great way to participate in stories.

  139. Christopher Mitchell permalink
    12/09/2019 3:31 pm

    I can’t tell you how much stories mean to me. I feel like I learned the power of stories when I was younger and my mom used to read to me and I was just transported to another world. Thanks for sharing this story, loved “The Dog in the Manger”

  140. Sondra Barker permalink
    12/09/2019 8:28 pm

    I was really interested in all of these stories because even in a few sentences there is always deeper meaning that you can get out of them.

  141. Sadia Munir permalink
    12/09/2019 9:05 pm

    Totally agree to the power of storytelling! We all cherish our childhood memories with some kind of stories. And no matter how old we’re, stories are everywhere around us!

  142. monidipa51 permalink
    12/09/2019 9:27 pm

    I love the stories you have posted here and your points too. Storytelling has earned its place as the most important tradition humans possess. The most important reason for this being that every story contains a lesson to instruct the audience. Stories teach us to love, to forgive others, to be just and to strive for better than we have.

  143. Olya Amanova permalink
    12/09/2019 9:59 pm

    I learn so much reading your articles. I love history (not the way it is introduced in school) but as a personal page in everyone’s book. This article creates an impression of being a witness in many little histories.

  144. Tina Krey permalink
    12/09/2019 10:14 pm

    I agree, storytelling is so interesting and such a vital part of growing up. Can you imagine a childhood (or adulthood for that matter) with no storytelling? It’s impossible :O

  145. Fatima D Torres permalink
    13/09/2019 1:30 am

    There’s so much beauty in the magic of storytelling. I try to do much of it in my posts.

  146. Angela Tolsma permalink
    13/09/2019 1:38 am

    I also grew up on aesop’s tales! So I knew a few of these already, but they are always so interesting and unique!

  147. MELANIE EDJOURIAN permalink
    13/09/2019 1:51 am

    Wow, so many lovely stories there. I liked them all especially the woodcutter one. It pays to be honest!

  148. Margaret Smith permalink
    13/09/2019 1:54 am

    Storytelling is so amazing. I love the way it allows us to connect to others.

  149. Joanna permalink
    13/09/2019 2:21 am

    All our lives are made out of stories. Everything our parents teach us, our school teacher, our friends…. they are all stories from which we always learn something.

  150. Michele Dennis permalink
    13/09/2019 5:03 am

    Family stories are my absolute favorite! I think it is so very important to tell them, listen to them, and keep those cherished stories and memories alive for generations to come!

  151. Flossie permalink
    13/09/2019 5:17 am

    I love storytelling. Back in my previous life as a teacher, I used to use stories in my teaching all the time – such a great way to teach lessons!

  152. toastycritic permalink
    13/09/2019 5:45 am

    The power to tell a beautiful story with impact is an amazing power. Stories are really what we are all about because it’s how we frame our life and the world around us. It’s really how we react to everything. The donkey story was quite interesting. I guess I haven’t read enough ancient Greek stories.

  153. teamryce road3ps permalink
    13/09/2019 9:05 am

    this is sooo nice…I believe that if you’re a good story teller you’ll be able to get along with anybody easily

  154. Samar permalink
    13/09/2019 10:01 am

    Yes, completely agreed.

    Story telling is an art. A true art.

  155. Paige permalink
    13/09/2019 11:29 am

    i’m hooked and can’t stop reading! Thank you for the stories you shared.

  156. A Nation of Moms permalink
    13/09/2019 2:48 pm

    There are so many imaginative stories out there! These stories are great, and the convention sounds pretty cool.

  157. Czjai Reyes-Ocampo permalink
    13/09/2019 3:04 pm

    As a kid, I loved listening to my great grandma’s stories. She would tell us stories of all sorts – from fairy tales to her personal experiences during the World War. My sibs and I learned a lot from her stories.

  158. Olya Amanova permalink
    13/09/2019 11:00 pm

    I remember this story. I loved it when I read it first time. Memory is so vivid. At that age everything was so alive and visually moving.

  159. Jackline A permalink
    14/09/2019 3:04 am

    Storytelling is such an important concept and should be encouraged. it;s a great way to tell lessons and teach others about our past.

  160. Mila R permalink
    14/09/2019 5:40 pm

    Oh, this is awesome: Stories can conquer fear, you know. They can make the heart bigger.!

  161. Jeannette (Jay Joy) permalink
    15/09/2019 1:47 am

    This is so cool! Thank you for sharing the pithy stories. I sat down with a cup of coffee and read through them. The City Mouse and the Country Mouse — awesome!

  162. D'ondra Howard permalink
    15/09/2019 3:18 am

    Storytelling is a great way to get people engaged in what you’re saying. I enjoy a good story.

  163. Melanie permalink
    15/09/2019 3:41 am

    I love a good story, it is a powerful tool and a great at to bring people together too x

  164. Puja permalink
    15/09/2019 5:44 am

    I loved reading this post as usual. You are a great storyteller. Always a pleasure reading these stories.

  165. kidneyfornikki permalink
    16/09/2019 2:08 pm

    I love your posts! They are so detailed and I learn so much! You have great stories to tell too!

  166. Eileen M Loya permalink
    16/09/2019 3:03 pm

    My grandson has just learned to enjoy storytelling time. I see that he pays attention now and he asks questions about what happened to a certain character. Storytelling is a good habit to start with the young generation.

  167. LaTese permalink
    16/09/2019 4:57 pm

    I loved your post, than you for the read!

  168. Olya Amanova permalink
    16/09/2019 9:20 pm

    I tell stories for a living. Your posts are my all the time favorites. You manage so skillfully keep my attention glued to every word.

  169. Sundeep permalink
    17/09/2019 12:15 am

    The power of storytelling has been grossly underrated. We as bloggers are trying to tell stories that can even change the word and bring new perspective to a lot of people.

  170. Kate Murray permalink
    17/09/2019 3:39 am

    Stories definitely bring the past to live, I only hope my children will one day appreciate the storytelling!

  171. Emman Damian permalink
    17/09/2019 3:53 am

    Storytelling really helps in making your message be heard in a better light. Also, I love reading others’ stories and learn from it. It’s always nice to get a lesson after each stories.

  172. Jessie permalink
    17/09/2019 5:37 am

    You know, there are so many stories here that I actually have not heard before. So motivating!

  173. Danielle Smith permalink
    17/09/2019 7:10 am

    Story telling can be a great way to tell kids about something exciting about your past. I remember hearing stories from family members as well as tall tales in school.

  174. Tammie permalink
    17/09/2019 9:34 am

    My kids and I love to tell stories to entertain each other. It’s always amusing to hear what they will come up with!

  175. Krysten (@WeirdGirlBlog) permalink
    17/09/2019 11:42 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us, I always learn so much from your posts. You’re awesome!

  176. babygotbalance permalink
    17/09/2019 1:47 pm

    Love the concept of storytelling and the benefits it can have. I’ve always appreciated the ability of storytelling to keep the past alive. Great post!

  177. faecelinee permalink
    17/09/2019 2:50 pm

    I like how powerful storytelling can be. thank you for sharing these stories

  178. Steph S permalink
    17/09/2019 3:22 pm

    I love the story about the donkey being grateful for his pervious situation! Things could always be worse!

  179. Alvin permalink
    17/09/2019 4:48 pm

    I remember those stories. This stories are very important mediums on how we teach our children values that they need in life.

  180. lisamfucci permalink
    17/09/2019 6:57 pm

    I am Native American and if it weren’t for story telling much of our culture and history wouldn’t be around.

  181. shophub (@shophub1) permalink
    17/09/2019 9:02 pm

    Well-said!Storytelling is an easy way to connect with readers mind directly and it also gives an long-term impact on reader’s mind.

  182. Crickette, The Things I Have to Say permalink
    17/09/2019 10:52 pm

    My very first blog was called, “The Drama Queen Can Tell Stories”. I’ve always been a storyteller. I love putting my stories into writing… I feel that by doing so, I am able to record it and keep it in an accessible archive.

    And after years, when I come back to my stories, they feel different. As though I didn’t write it.

  183. Ntensibe Edgar Michael permalink
    17/09/2019 11:29 pm

    On very few occasions will you go wrong with story-telling. The more compelling, the bigger the listening crowd, eeh!

  184. littlemisadvencha permalink
    18/09/2019 12:18 am

    this is inspiring. i love the idea “Stories are our greatest repository of history, hope, and heritage.” i remember when i was still a child, the stories of how some of our cities have evolved from romance of two people – tales. it speaks so much history.

  185. Michelle permalink
    18/09/2019 1:12 am

    This is so interesting. I loved it

  186. WanderlustBeautyDreams permalink
    18/09/2019 4:49 am

    Storytelling is so important within any industry. But also from history of places and the past memories from people. Such a great post for motivation monday!

  187. Matt Epley permalink
    18/09/2019 6:15 am

    As a coach, I discovered that kids absorb and retain my instructions so much better when I relay it to them in the form of a personal success/failure story. Telling them to do something without a message or a moral just doesn’t stick as well. Thanks!

  188. 18/09/2019 6:27 am

    I’ve always love storytelling. There is something in the way a person conveys the story that got you hooked. Loved reading some of those stories, they were quite interesting.

  189. Bree L. permalink
    18/09/2019 7:56 am

    Storytelling is so powerful, handed down through generations it can really add to the culture of ones life.

  190. momelite2 permalink
    18/09/2019 8:21 am

    I love this! I always loved having my Granny tell me stories. She was the best and I remember her stories well.

  191. The Beauty Wonk permalink
    18/09/2019 9:42 am

    The crow and water jar never gets old, I have been listening to it since childhood and it’s crazy how deep of a meaning it has.

  192. Lohas Canada permalink
    18/09/2019 2:22 pm

    This is quite the list of stories! Stories are all around us and in our everyday life. I love the story about the small things in life. Just the simplest action can change the story.

  193. Norma permalink
    18/09/2019 3:09 pm

    So many beautiful stories. This is so inspiring. Storytelling is important for kids and grownups alike. A few days ago I read to my kids Donkey and his masters.

  194. Lana permalink
    18/09/2019 4:26 pm

    There really is so much warmth and love in story telling—love the power of story telling! Love the dog in the manger!

  195. Jay Mih permalink
    18/09/2019 6:41 pm

    Storytelling is important and compelling. We all live for them!

  196. bluebox2310 permalink
    18/09/2019 9:47 pm

    I love your story suggestions. This is a great post. We often forget how powerful stories can be.

  197. Mariyam permalink
    19/09/2019 4:13 am

    These stories took me to my childhood for a second. They are full of wisdom and knowledge. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  198. Mira McDaniel permalink
    19/09/2019 9:31 am

    i really liked the one about the farmer and the sons. It shows peoples greed but also that hard work pays off.

  199. Kristine Gavilano permalink
    19/09/2019 1:10 pm

    Storytelling makes my kids attentive to our lessons. That’s why we use living books. Thank you for sharing.

  200. Paula Stewart permalink
    19/09/2019 4:03 pm

    I am a huge fan of storytelling and enjoy making up great adventures for my grandchildren to go on. They have incredible imaginations. It’s so great to see what they come up with.

  201. Polly Amora permalink
    20/09/2019 8:00 am

    When I was a kid, my mom used to read me books and it helped me become who I am now. It’s what I plan once I get a kid of my own. To tell them as many stories as I could. 🙂

  202. Tasha at Lady Boss Studio permalink
    20/09/2019 8:15 am

    I remember some of these stories. Brings me back to my childhood. Thanks for sharing!

  203. Acupofassamtea permalink
    20/09/2019 5:35 pm

    Power of story telling is one of the best gift one can ever have. Stories can change human lives and history. By the great read as always.

  204. mayurisjikoni permalink
    20/09/2019 8:48 pm

    I remember reading some of the stories when I was younger. Even though we’ve read them once, they are so enjoyable every time we read them. Stories read, told, heard all are therapeutic and opens ups one’s imagination.

  205. LavandaMichelle permalink
    21/09/2019 1:00 am

    So amazing how powerful a story can be! Loved the manager, lol.

  206. ♡Stephanie Stebbins♡ (@stephsteb) permalink
    21/09/2019 1:20 pm

    I love telling our stories to my son and daughter and now I have a granddaughter I can pass those down to!

  207. Sudipa permalink
    21/09/2019 6:34 pm

    Stories play a big role in my household too. I started reading to my kid since he was six months old. We know the importance of story telling l

  208. Lyka permalink
    22/09/2019 10:00 am

    THE Power of storytelling is great. Very interesting post. They are all engaging and I like the lessons of it. Thank you for sharing this.

  209. Nikhila ch permalink
    22/09/2019 7:54 pm

    Truly, story-telling has so much impact. This is so interesting. Thank you for putting up an amazing post as this.

  210. Thinkandbeehappy permalink
    22/09/2019 10:02 pm

    This post is awesome, I love a good story. I had no idea there is even a world storytelling day.

  211. Luna S permalink
    23/09/2019 4:39 am

    Story telling is so much fun! I love creating stories with my kids, and enjoy seeing them come up with their own when they draw and write their own little books for me.

  212. Mrs. Mira McDaniel permalink
    23/09/2019 7:04 pm

    I use to think I was a good story teller but after checking these out I realize I’ve got a long way to go!!

  213. kattyscreamery permalink
    24/09/2019 8:41 pm

    There are so many ways to share a story! We were just in Africa and told stories through traditional dances from the locals. It was powerful and enlightening!

  214. Art & Home permalink
    26/09/2019 6:06 am

    It worries me that in today’s age of digital technology and “Snapchat” stories that the art of storytelling may die off. Or, perhaps, it is just evolving….

  215. foodopium permalink
    26/09/2019 7:18 am

    Story telling is equally fun for the person listening and also the narrator, as it helps the narrator to re live each and every moment you gone through…!

  216. That Dog Momma permalink
    26/09/2019 8:39 am

    It is so important to pass stories on down from our family and to others.

  217. Olya Amanova permalink
    27/09/2019 11:00 pm

    I come back to your articles and this one in particular. It gives me inspiration.

  218. natalie permalink
    01/10/2019 6:48 am

    We love story telling, engaging and educational. Cant wait to have children of our own to pass down the stories!

  219. fromjesstoyouservices permalink
    17/10/2019 7:48 am

    You shared some great stories! Very inspirational! Thank you.

  220. Emmy M. permalink
    18/10/2019 12:18 pm

    I’ve always thought it was fascinating how stories are such a big part of every culture. I recently came across a book of idioms and it was interesting to read how many idioms have come from very long stories from the 15th and 16th century. It truly is a powerful thing in every language!

  221. jojo vito permalink
    18/10/2019 4:22 pm

    This one of the reasons why I love traveling. seeing places and taking so much pictures because the picture itself tells beautiful stories and memories

  222. Margaret | Live Like No On Else permalink
    07/12/2019 4:36 am

    I love storytelling and listening. It doesn’t happen as much today as it used to. I remember growing up with my parents and their friends camping or going to forest preserves and just sitting around talking and telling stories. I remember the same thing about my grandparents.

    I’ve started a google doc document about a year ago. Every time we go see my parents and they start to tell us stories from their past, I try to summarize what they’ve told me. I’m afraid I will loose these stories if I don’t!

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