Even if you’ve never written a short story in your life, it’s likely you’ve told at least one story today. From the morning paper articles to the gossip we indulge in after hours, stories are our constant companions almost from the moment we wake up. Humans are storytelling animals: especially in the age of social media, sharing our experiences with each other is as common as saying hello. And our stories are hardly lone wanderers- more often than not they’re accompanied by a laugh, a hug, or a sympathetic word.
Aside from helping us find common ground, stories have the power of helping us see beyond our own lives into perspectives we could have never reached on our own. Stories let us see things directly from another person’s point of view, helping us visualize, for a few brief moments, what it’s truly like to be somebody else. When we listen, we give others the chance to show themselves to us- and ultimately help us grow together.