Often, when you ask someone for a story, they will insist they have no stories to tell. But if you tell them a story -- and it can pretty much be of just about anything, you will almost as often get an interesting "that reminds me of ..." story in response. Seriously, it's like uncorking a bottle.
This evening, I sat with a group of young women as they shifted from “I can’t think of a single thing to share” to “Well, there was this time …”
I have always enjoyed observing this. But sometimes I forget just how much I enjoy being part of it. There is something compelling about listening stories out of a person, and even better, helping that person reconnect to their innate storytelling nature in the process.