Wednesday, February 20, 2013

What Does It All Mean?

February 2009

What Does It All Mean?

This morning a friend halfway around the world sent me this link to a five-minute You Tube video. It is well worth your time to watch it.

The video vividly describes our headlong rush into a future that is faster, more congested, and more technical than anything we have yet imagined. It ends with the daunting question, “What does it all mean?”

Like the story of the blind men and the elephant, each who watches the video will discover a different meaning and a different answer. After all, as Anais Nin wrote, “We see the world not as it is, but as we are.”

One of the messages I found is that in an increasingly frantic, crowded, and technology-driven world, there will be an exponentially greater need—and hence unimagined opportunities—for those who understand and practice the healing, connective, and transformative art of storytelling and story listening.

Technology may race ahead, but the human heart and the human spirit still deeply yearn for a sense of human connection and human meaning. Those who gracefully and compassionately provide their services within the warmth and security of a story-based environment will always be richly valued and appreciated. They will touch hearts and change lives. If they are wise and thoughtful and intentional, they will also be abundantly rewarded for this rare gift and unique set of skills.

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