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I Believe In Stories

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More than anything else, I believe in stories. I believe in how powerful they can be, how they can change lives, create purpose, and give meaning. I believe they can be bigger than all of us. 

This painting at the movie theater near our house always reminds me of one of my favorite quotes, from one of my favorite stories:

“Someone needs to tell those tales. When the battles are fought and won and lost, when the pirates find their treasures and the dragons eat their foes for breakfast with a nice cup of Lapsang souchong, someone needs to tell their bits of overlapping narrative. There's magic in that. It's in the listener, and for each and every ear it will be different, and it will affect them in ways they can never predict. From the mundane to the profound. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone's soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift. Your sister may be able to see the future, but you yourself can shape it, boy. Do not forget that... there are many kinds of magic, after all.”

Britton Perelman