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Becoming a storyteller

The known and the unknown are in constant dialogue. Look at one and you will get a reflection of the other. Human beings are philosophical animals. We interpret, discover, and create meaning in the act of perception. We think with our senses, see with our hearts, and feel with our brains. We use images, analogies, and metaphors to understand the world around us and the meaning of life as a whole. The moment you being to tell your stories your may find that memory is a trickster who picks and chooses scenes. What happened to you in the past has yet to be determined.

Some desires can be fulfilled while others endure in the form of fantasies.

Keep a notebook by your bed and write down as many of your dreams as you can. If you wake in the night assume the position you were in while dreaming and sink back into semi-sleep. Keep the scenes you remember from the dream on the edge of your awareness and the whole thing may revive.

“God made man because he loves stories,” – Elie Wiesel

Reference: Kenn, S. and Valley -Fox, A. (1973). Your Mythic Journey: Finding Meaning in Your Life Through Writing and Storytelling. New   York: Putnum (J. P. Tarcher, Inc.)


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Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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