Storytelling and Wonder.

Last week I took a needed break from my crazy-busy-full life and spent some relaxing time on the coast. I turned off my iphone. (I even put it in another room while I slept.) I shut off my computer. I rode bikes. I watched clouds and listened to the wind. I walked on the sand barefoot.

It was like magic for my soul.

I really believe that our minds need to be at rest and play in order to look at things with fresh and innovative eyes.

Don’t you?

This morning, I’m back and excited to have the mic on our blog. I love to share ideas and stories that inspire me. Things that fill me with wonder and awe.

Grab a coffee and take 18 minutes to learn from Andrew Stanton. (Warning: It contains a wee bit of graphic language.)

If you can’t take the time to watch this morning, let me share a few notes I scribbled while listening to his TED talk.

The best stories infuse wonder.

Mr. Rogers carried this note he overheard from a social worker in his back pocket. “Frankly, there isn’t someone you couldn’t learn to love if you listen to their story.”

The Goal of a great story: Make me care.

Speak from your heart. Capture truth from your experiences.

Good stuff, huh?

One of my all time favorite storytellers is Cordell. He captures truth from his experiences often. I love this simple story he tells about embracing change.

When Greg was younger and had just purchased his first home, he wanted to redo the bathroom and change the dated tile. He made a plan and one Saturday morning, he gathered the tools he would need. For a long time he just sat on the edge of the tub starring at the walls and floor. His Dad stopped by to see how his project was coming along. Greg was still just starring at the walls. His dad said nothing. He just grabbed a hammer on the floor and swung hard at the wall. “Son, just start somewhere.”

What’s a lesson you’ve learned through the power of storytelling? What is your takeaway from Andrew?
Come on, I love it when we have a conversation.

P.S. Eric got MARRIED to Julie on Saturday (remember, they met via this blog?) and I thought I would share a little peek at this really happy day. It was full of wonder and magic and love.

  • Brent Key

    I really enjoyed reading (and watching) this post. The themes that grabbed me this morning were to “learn what drives you” and “use what you know”. This sounds like it should be easy, right? It is good to have that reminder every now and then.

    Thank you for sharing.

  • Lisa Lai

    Thanks so much for sharing this.  I feel inspired.  My biggest take-away is that you should use what you know… and give people a promise to pull them toward you.  I author a blog that’s just getting started and this is a great lesson for me.  Thank you!

  • Charles Trost

    Brilliant article. Great to read your thoughts. Although every time i found you amazing. Thanks

  • Günter Soydanbay

    Thanks for the article Robbin.

    I am glad to see that storytelling is regaining its importance. In a nutshell, Stanton is referring to, but not explicitly stating, archetypes and the archetypal story line. Storytelling is actually pretty straightforward. Great stories of all times, including the ones the speaker mentioned, are popular story lines -mythical ones. Joseph Campbell’s Hero with a Thousand Face and Carol Pearson’s Awakening the Hero Within are great resources. Cheers!

  • Zoe Alexander

    Hi Robbin!  Not only is a story moving in itself, but didn’t you find the week’s detachment from the normal frantic pace of life a tonic? We have recently launched a new on-line designer maternity brand and in the last year and a half had no real time off! So much to do yet in our hearts we know we need a break. But timing is critical post launch! Catch 22!