Stories and Storytellers

“Maybe there are only three kinds of stories: the stories we live, the stories we tell, and the higher stories that help our souls fly up towards the greater light”
— Ben Okri, The Joy of Storytelling

Once upon a time…

Since I was a kid I was always fascinated with different stories. Whether it was from reading from borrowed comic books from elder cousins, listening to the wild tales of our neighborhood barber, looking and deciphering the graffiti on the wall or simply listening to the stories of generations past, on how our elders used to live during the days of old, from the Japanese and American occupation and how they were part of the revolution and of how thankful they are that they have managed to be what they are now. I’m sure we can all think of at least one good story we’ve read or heard before that touched our lives so much that we can retell it from memory.

A little over three decades I have been in this world and it is my dream that someday before I reach my own twilight, I will have finished the story that I hope to tell my children and grandchildren someday. But for now, all I can say is that it’s still a work in progress. I guess all of us are. Living our lives daily, we continuously write one page at a time in what will eventually constitute the story of our lives.

And in the repository of our collective experience, what do we keep for posterity? Will you keep a daily journal using the traditional pen and paper or will you archive your experience in digital ink? How do we count the innumerable friends, acquaintances and colleagues have we made over the years? How many of people, be they close friends or virtual strangers did our lives touch? Have we really accomplished anything at all? Did we live a life well or did we merely exist? There are but simply some of the still so many questions waiting to be answered.

So, what will your story be?

~ by allen mallari on September 30, 2012.

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