The Power of Story

All stories are full of bias and uniqueness; they mix fact with meaning.  This is the root of their power.  Stories allow us to see something familiar through new eyes.  We become in that moment a guest in someone else’s life, and together with them sit at the feet of their teacher.  The meaning we may draw from someone’s story may be different from the meaning they themselves have drawn.  No matter.  Facts bring us to knowledge, but stories lead to wisdom.

— Rachel Naomi Remen, MD, Kitchen Table Wisdom, p. xl

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