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Building Lives One Story at a Time

by Bonnie Neugebauer and Nancy Rosenow
July/August 2017
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“Everybody is a story. When I was a child, people sat around kitchen tables and told their stories. We don’t do that so much anymore. Sitting around the table telling stories is not just a way of passing time. It is the way the wisdom gets passed along. The stuff that helps us to live a life worth remembering. Despite the awesome powers of technology, many of us still do not live very well. We may need to listen to each other’s stories once again.”
— Rachel Naomi Remen, MD,
from her book, Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories that Heal

Our own relationship is built on our stories — the stories that brought us together to become professional partners and personal friends, chosen family. Over the years we have shared stories that reveal who we are and how we have come to be ourselves, and we’ve created new stories together. All of these stories are us. We share them again to bring others into our relationships, and we use them to remind ourselves of what is important. Sometimes our stories help us understand the whys of our reactions and feelings. And often they help us see our path forward.  From personal experience we know the power of stories ...

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