Coaching & Leadership Development
See the Light! – The Power of Story

See the Light! – The Power of Story

This blog comes from inspirational storyteller and “Education for the Soul” Conference keynote speaker, Kevin Graal.   Once upon a time the legendary wise fool Nasrudin was resting on a river bank, when somebody shouted to him from the opposite side: “Hey! How do I get across?”   Nasrudin shouted back: “You ARE across!”   Educational theories and statutory frameworks come and go. But one thing doesn’t change: school leaders and teachers are achieving miracles on a daily basis. They know what to do. They understand what needs to be done. They ARE across – despite the obstacles and external pressures put on them.   Once upon a time the nail said to the hammer:“Hey! Don’t hit me so hard.”   The hammer replied: “Hard? If only you knew how hard the carpenter is holding ME!”   Storytelling has an immense value in its own right – not just as a means of developing language skills or improving literacy. If we think of stories as merely a means to an end, we undervalue their true power and significance.   And just because a story isn’t true doesn’t mean it lacks truth. I never ever say, ‘Well it’s JUST a story.’ It’s MORE than a story!   The stories we tell each other have the power to change our lives.   But what about the stories we sometimes tell to ourselves? Like the one about not having this or that skill; about not being up to the task ahead; about being good at this but not at that; about being this or that kind of person – stories that can leave us feeling anxious...