Saturday, September 18, 2010


A single story can be hopeful or not-so-hopeful. It all depends on where you put the emphasis.

Part 1
Create hope in a story you tell by making sure you know in your heart where the hope is. Feel it first.

Part 2
Create hope by playing with time. Make the time span as long as it needs to be.

Part 3
Create hope in one context by telling a hopeful story about another.

Part 4
Create hope in stories by talking about hope.

Part 5
Create hope in stories by including symbols.

part 6
Create hope with heroes

Part 7
Create hope by favouring the underdog.

Part 8
Create hope by reporting the unexpected good thing.

9) Create hope by reporting times when the impossible became possible.

Charles Alexandre de Calonne: The impossible takes a little longer.

Stories about impossible things that became possible are stories that generate hope. They provide evidence that future predictions, sensible as they be at any given time, are not infinitely accurate. Things may change. With the acceptance that things may change comes the feelling of hope.
What are we really meaning when we say something is impossible? We are saying, “This cannot happen.” We are saying, “This will not happen.” We are saying, “Don’t believe in this. You will only be disappointed.” We are saying, “There is no evidence that this is possible.”
Fortunately for all of us, impossible things happen on a very regular basis. Everyone who previously said they were impossible is automatically proved wrong. Thus we are freed to entertain the possibility that the wisest people who have the most information may possibly be wrong. There is hope in that.
Roger Banister is a good example of someone who achieved the impossible. When he ran a mile in less than four minutes, he was doing something that was inmpossible, impossible because it had never been done before. At the moment when he did it, it suddenly, irreversably became possible.
The range of stories about impossible things that became possible is probably infinite. Technology gives them to us by the millions. Through all of time it was impossible for people to cross wide expanses of ocean in five days, to fly, to go into outer space, to transplant hearts. And then, one day, each of these things was possible, possible because it had been done.
The stories that generate hope can be about impossible things that are now considered commonplace, like crossing the ocean quickly, or flying. They can also be about things that are still very infrequent. The act of running a four-minute mile is still unlikely for most of us. Only a few people have done it and reported it to credible sources. It would take a long time for any of us to develop the ability to do it. Impossible things do tend to take longer.

No comments: