Stories are … essential.
You want to teach me something? Tell me a story with a purpose.
You want me to remember something? Tell me a story containing information.
You want to amuse me? Tell me a funny story.
You want to impress me? Tell me a really interesting story.
You want to make me cry? Tell me an emotional story.
You want to help me relax? Let a book or a movie tell me a story.
I know I am not the only one wired with a fascination for stories. Everywhere I go people come alive while discussing movies, books, television programs, plays, characters, even song lyrics… Some I know find it to be a waste of time, a distraction from the importance of reality, but I see it differently. Even Jesus taught with parables (not to name-drop or anything), and I believe He did so for a reason. Stories open people up to a world of possibilities they would not normally experience, and in doing so, give the storyteller the power to present ideas, concepts, or viewpoints that would otherwise never enter our minds.
Stories have an overwhelming power to TEACH.
And so, after many requests, I start this blog to jot down those lessons – those revelations – that I or my guest bloggers find in the stories we read or watch. Those “ah-ha!” or “DUH!” moments where a story is better able to convey some truth to us than a thousand hours of lecturing or sermonizing would be. This blog is not about trying to review the stories in the traditional sense, but to use the stories as a framework to better understand interesting or complex ideas we encounter in our daily lives.
So thank you for joining me on this journey, and I hope the little lessons stories throw at me are of some encouragement to you in your own life.
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Caution: potential [SPOILERS] contained within many of the posts.
Also, I am not affiliated with any studio, publishing company, etc. nor do I intend any copyright infringement.
All the films/books/TV shows belong to their respective owners and I am privileged to have the opportunity to see/read and respond to them. I’ll try to give credit where credit is due. All images belong to their respective studios as well, and were not taken nor created by me.