Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Telling Stories

Last Sunday night Danny and I watched a movie on Amazon Prime titled, The Stories We Tell.  We had seen it before at the Kentucky Theater in 2012 (I love independent films).  It’s a documentary by a young woman that found out in her twenties that she was the result of an extra-marital affair and began looking for her biological father.  Here is the trailer.

What I really appreciated about the film was the way she approached the topic of her mother.  She gave everyone in the family the space to tell the story from their own perspective.  No single point of view dominated the story line.  You began to see that though everyone had their part in the narrative some remembered what happened differently or not at all.  It beautifully illustrated the role of storyteller as someone that comes to every story with their own bias and filter.

After I saw the film in 2012 I began to ask myself about my own story.  What are the stories I tell myself?  Are my stories true?  Did I remember things correctly or did I make things up?  This began an evaluation of my own bias and filters and how they were affecting my thoughts and feelings.  Who was it that said, “The unexamined life is not worth living”?  I think they maybe onto something.   

So this Tuesday, take a moment and ask yourself about YOUR story!