Caring for Another’s Stories
If stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive. – Barry Lopez
Allender says that we tell stories mostly to serve a point or purpose, and that purpose is as important if not more than the story itself. Sometimes the purpose is as clear as a person saying, “I know what I did was wrong, but I need your input to know what to do next time.” Other times, the wisest of interpreters can’t fathom the labyrinth-like, convoluted purpose of a story that rambles on endlessly. But we are always listening to a story with a “so what” interpretive ear – What do you want me to feel, think, or do as a result of your telling me this story?