A Resolution About Storytelling

Questions. So many questions. I’m watching the ending of a show that began seven years ago. It does not seem like it is going to end well. (And, allow me to define my terms – by ‘end well’, I mean all tied up neatly. With a bow. And rainbows. Possibly even unicorns. Or, at the very least, logic.)

Ending a show on a note of “Huh?” doesn’t do a thing for me. Lost is a perfect example. It ended with loose ends sticking all sorts of out. It. Was. Awful. Many of us viewers put in countless hours dissecting the Dharma Initiative and whether they were living in an alternate universe and making predictions about whether Jack and Kate would ever finally be happy together?

But that ending!

Because, huh?

No questions were answered. Lots of new ones were raised.

Here, exactly, is where post-modernity and I part ways. I like a Conclusion Ending. My post-modernist friends tend to like the Possibilities Ending.

And, I’ve started to wonder how all of this translates into how stories are told.

More importantly, I’ve started to consider how they are received.

Storytelling is an art. And, as with all art, how one perceives it is so incredibly subjective. I might think the podcast “Serial” is the best thing since sliced bread. (I don’t, mind you. I tried. It didn’t speak to me of unicorns and rainbows. Not. One. Bit.) You may be a Walking Dead fanatic. (I tried that one too. Nightmares on my street. Still. After just 20 minutes of the first episode. Again, no unicorns. No rainbows. And the bows used weren’t the kind I’m interested in!) I’m more of a Good Wife watcher.

I’m noticing that many of those who tell stories, now, are less interested in imparting a social lesson, because whose ultimate authority? They don’t often end with a moral lesson, because, whose morality? And they seem to integrate fewer timeless truths for fear of offending those for whom The Truth is not true.

You might be wondering what stories, then, are left to tell?

Plenty! There are plenty of stories that are still universally needed. We humans need stories that bind us together and remind us of how we were created to need each other, rely on each other, and encourage each other. We need stories about family, faith, friendship, and love.

Those stories cross all boundaries and build strong bridges.

I choose to be that kind of storyteller.

To that end, I’m setting my sights on telling stories that encourage love, that share faith, that celebrate family, and that facilitate friendship, in 2015. That is my New Year’s resolution.

And, I resolve to tie this one up at the end of the year with a big fat bow. Oh, yes indeedy!

Any resolutions for you, in this new year?  Share! I’ll send you a unicorn if you meet it by year’s end. (In the interest of full disclosure, that unicorn may, indeed, be drawn by Sweetgirl. But, in that case, you may get a rainbow out of the deal, too. Win-win!)

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8 thoughts on “A Resolution About Storytelling

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  2. PS – I love your story telling and am ever so grateful the good Lord saw fit to bless you with this particular gift. Looking forward to the stories 2015 will bring xx

  3. Would it be too insincere and probably way too much info to tell you a little story about rainbows and unicorns?? Like the other day when Mama passed a little wind. The boys giggled and got wide eyed. Mama assured them all that it was ok – as she was a lady it would only smell like rainbows and unicorns. To which the good man said, “but they don’t smell.” And Mama said “exactly!”

    I think there’s a moral in there somewhere… you’re welcome!

  4. I love this post. You are so right in that the interpretation of the story is subjective. I am thankful you share your stories the way you do, and I love your resolution for the year. My One Word this year is “content” as I allow God to show me how to really live a life of contentment. Other than that, I am resolving to de-clutter, get organized and lose weight (of douse, I say that every year). Happy New Year!

    • Barbie, you and I are resolution sisters! And, contentment, yes, that is a word that is constantly floating around in my consciousness. Living it better, that’s a resolution in and of itself. I always think of you, when I think of Art. Yours brings such contemplative beauty. I look forward to seeing how God blesses all that you create, this year!

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  6. At another time in my life I was a paid storyteller, so I read your post with interest. The best stories are those with universal truths. Those other stories are like the Choose Your Own Adventure books. Remember those? A novelty. A fad. Didn’t last because they spoke to no one about anything. The “bind us together” stories — those are the ones that last. I look forward to reading yours.

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