I have watched the ceremony of the resolutions come and go through the years. I have done it – made a list of resolutions that I can stick to! Rarely has any of those resolutions lasted more than a month. In my opinion this ceremony serves two purposes – 1) It causes us to lose sight of our past successes and 2) It brings to the forefront the isolation we feel in our failure to keep our written goals. In short this ceremony appears to leave us powerless in the face of the many hidden traditions and cultural assumptions of western culture.
What traditions and cultural assumptions of western culture do I speak of? Why the most insidious and sneaky ones of course – that of guilt, shame, fear, blame, anger, individualism, silence and many more… Each of these problems has a long history with the Ceremony of the Resolutions and each knows just what to do to derail any serious attempt to shake up their rule of our lives, our families’ lives and our cultural narratives.
As a narrative therapist I see it all the time. People love the idea – the resolution they reach for and they fail. Without the foundation they tumble and fall back into the sticky, sneaky ways of the problems. How do you find a new direction without setting yourself up for failure? Well it’s really simple – just notice that your already doing it.
Your future has already arrived in the present moment. Instead of creating a list of things you want to accomplish in the future, create a list of ways you are already accomplishing and some of things you want to do in the future. Say what? I mean it – sit down and try it right now.
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A recent article on 538.com on the amount of money available to public schools and the effect of the rescission suggests that public schools all around the country will be facing another round of budget cuts. If you are a professional storyteller who does a fair amount of work in schools – and there are a few of you left out there after the recession of 2007 – I thought you might appreciate this heads up. Read more »
The Last 25 Reviews – after your done reading them feel free to write your own by clicking the iTunes link on the right hand side of every page on this website…
and a thank-you to all those kind people who took the time to write me a nice review on the iTunes site!
12 December, 2013
Wonderful resource and sense of community
Rating: 5 Stars
Thank you, Eric Wolf, for the opportunity to eavesdrop on your conversations with such remarkable people. It feels like being part of a conversation between master craftspeople, at the peak of their skill and talent. Spending some time in their company can only help to turn every listener into a better storyteller.
29 July, 2013
usdesi (United States of America)
I’m not even a storyteller
Rating: 5 Stars
But I love this podcast. I started listening for the stories, but stayed for the amazing insights that have enriched my life in all sorts of ways. So much practical information for people who want to start storytelling, too! Definitely try it out. Hope he comes back, in the meantime, I’m re-listening to back episodes.
15 July, 2011
GranolaGirl88 (United States of America)
Rating: 4 Stars
Awesome! An interview with Tim Tingle!? He taught my Storytelling class for the University of Oklahoma’s travel study program in Santa Fe. I loved every minute of this trip with him as our captain. I am so looking forward to listening to this.
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One of these two things is not like the other.
Photo Credit The Daily Mirror
Dear National News Media,
I know that Justin Bieber is in danger of being deported and that that is critical, vital news, because he is a poor little rich kid who derives his power and status from your constant coverage of him and because all cable news shows seem to aspire to the journalistic greatness of People and US. I understand you guys need each other to thrive… but should that story become tiresome please remember that there are 300000 people in West Virginia who are still dealing with a water crisis. Read more…
What is your relationship to stories? I grew up in a home filled with other peoples stories. Yes my parents told me stories of their ill spent youth, but my family was poor in personal mythology or fables handed down from previous generations. Yes – I had Little Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Pigs. I had piles of children books that my parents read to me, but my parents were poor in stories that they could pass on to me from my ancestors.
If I was poor then Lyn Ford was rich beyond description. In her book Affrilachian Tales she has chosen to share this wealth with the world. I can count the number of storytellers on one hand who tell stories on a daily basis that come from with in their family linage.
I am proud to count Lyn Ford among that select group of American storytellers who are telling stories on stage in front of audiences that they learned at a relatives knee at the age of six or seven.
Affrilachian Tales is a warm collection of Read more »
Surprise! I am happy to say that rumor of my demise are happily exaggerated.
This summer my dear friend, Hawaiian Storyteller and master festival organizer, Jeff Gere and I (Brother Wolf) are doing a micro tour from Ashville, NC to Yellow Springs, OH. I would like to invite you to attend our workshop on Marketing and Storytelling, Bringing Storytelling to Mainstream Audiences.
You can attend it in person or you can purchase a recording of it. The amazing Cynthia Changaris is hosting the workshop in her house on August 13th from Noon to 3 PM and we’ve got room for a few qualified, serious performers to learn how to successfully connect their hard-won material with American audiences. Call Me – Eric Wolf – if you can attend in person (937) 767-8696
Workshop Story – Bringing Storytelling to Mainstream Audiences
In this workshop Jeff & Eric will assume that you have the technical ability to create amazing performances and that you are seeking to be recognized for your great storytelling. We will present to you how you can create shows that will sell out night after night. OK, not every night. But we promise you a filled house on at least half your nights if you follow our advice. More to the point we have done it and we will show you how you can too. Jeff & Eric will not agree on every point, but we do agree that storytelling can rock the world—if you let it and if you are willing to do the work to understand how you can fulfill the needs of your audience. Act on our suggestions and they will love you!
The workshop is $50. If you want to come or know any storytellers in the area tell them about it. But, honestly, we just like to talk, and if you are going to drive yourself there and are willing to give us $5 who are we to say no? This is one of those magic moments when stars collide and world changes for the better.
Again call Me – Eric Wolf – if you can attend in person (937) 767-8696.
Thanks – but I am not driving to Louisville, KY that’s a long way!
Now I know you’re thinking that you can’t drive or fly all the way to Louisville, KY for a one-day workshop. Heck, 95% of the people receiving this email can’t drive to Louisville, Kentucky and half of those can’t get off work to drive anywhere. Many of you are going to the National Storytelling Conference in the beginning of August, leaving me to convince 2% that they should come.
What if I recorded it and you just stayed home and listened to it? Read more »
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