I like to say we human beings live in story like fish live in water. Take fish out of water and they can’t live, they flop around gasping for breath wondering, “What happened?”
The same is true for us. We ask the same question, over and over again, every day of our lives.
When we don’t answer that question we feel just like those poor fish.
When we experience anything, major or minor, we tell a story to relate it to those we care about (or to anyone who will listen). We want to share our experience with others and let them know, “This is how it is for me.”
I’m grateful that I get to do that every day as part of my human being-ness. I chose Mr. Pullman’s quote today because it puts the importance of story right up there with shelter, nourishment and companionship.
Please leave a comment about something that happened to you recently that made a big difference in your life. I’d love to hear about it.
Stories are the Wildest Things.
Watch Philip Pullman doing an Open University lecture about his writing on YouTube.com