Stories are powerful. Author and literature professor Harold Goddard once said “The destiny of the world is determined less by the battles that are lost and won than by the stories it loves and believes in.” Hasidic Rabbi Nachman of Breslov said, “God made man because he loves stories.”
Both of these men, who were well respected in their time, understood that that stories are truly powerful. In our global world, stories from across the world have the ability to transform our daily lives. We are surrounded by stories but are we invested in them? It is the stories of those around us that shape the world we live in. Are you invested in the stories of your friends, family, co-workers? How about the stories in the city you live in? How about the stories happening around the world?
Here are some ways that I try to invest in the stories around me:
1. Set aside time to have face to face conversations with the people in your life.
2. Read the news. Take 5 minutes out of your day to read the paper or a news website.
3. Subscribe to a monthly or weekly news magazine. I suggest National Geographic and Time Magazine as a starting point.
4. Read blogs. Obviously if you are reading this you already read at least one blog but consistently reading multiple blogs is a good way to gauge and address the issues that are at hand in our world.
5. Watch documentaries. They are an entertaining way to witness events in our world and are great conversation starters if you watch them with friends. Netflix has a pretty solid list of documentaries to start with. I would suggest starting with a film like Bully or 1/2 Revolution for things that are acutely relevant in our world today.