16 STEP 2 Stories: Telling and Listening

When we haven’t the time to listen to each other’s stories we seek out experts to teach us how to live. The less time we spend together at the kitchen table, the more how-to books appear in the stores and on our bookshelves.… Because we have stopped listening to each other we may even have forgotten how to listen, stopped learning how to recognize meaning.…

Rachel Naomi Remen, MD26

We all want to tell “our” story. Reciting it, uninterrupted, to an engaged listener serves an essential, cathartic purpose. It is an important information-gathering vehicle for all concerned. This includes the storyteller, who learns from listening to his or her own story. That is why the first action step in the Cycle of Resolution ...

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