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2012 World Storytelling Day – March 20



Flickr photo:wirwuen

Who are we? Besides living organisms, we are a story, the details (sub-stories) are connected to other people’s stories and they are part of community stories, family stories, national stories…. you get where I’m going here.

I have always seen life from the perspective that there are the facts of what happened, and what we make those facts mean. The sum of those two things are our stories. They make up who we are, how we see the world, how others come to know us, and what we think of as important in the world.

Our storytelling takes many forms. Art, in all it’s varied forms, is storytelling. History is one big story although often the facts and what they mean can get mixed up as mere mortals try to interpret what actually happened.

While there are exceptions to the rule, most people love to tell their stories. Particularly when they know they have an active and listening audience. I have had so much fun with friends where, in talking, we find out that we have stories in common. Often it can turn into a story escalation, “Oh yeah? Well wait till you hear this one!”

Tuesday March 20th, is World Storytelling Day. According to Wikipedia, it “is a global celebration of the art of oral storytelling. It is celebrated every year on the spring equinox in the northern hemisphere, the first day of autumn equinox in the southern. On World Storytelling Day, as many people as possible tell and listen to stories in as many languages and at as many places as possible, during the same day and night. Participants tell each other about their events in order to share stories and inspiration, to learn from each other and create international contacts.”

Each year, events that take place around the globe are linked by a common theme. This year’s theme is “trees”. Previous themes have been birds, the moon, dreams, neighbors, etc. What are the stories you have about trees?

In Houston, we recently suffered a horrible drought that saw Houston lose several million trees. It was a sad experience for me, particularly flying into Houston and seeing huge brown patches all over our city. Organizations such as Trees for Houston and Memorial Park Conservancy started adoption programs so you could sponsor the watering of trees. Many landmark trees, with stories of their own, didn’t make it through this drought.

Do you have a favorite tree in your life or an experience that centers around a tree or trees? Share your story on Facebook, WorldStorytellingDay.org, your blog and at events around the world. Some events are listed at Free Webs as well.

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