If stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive.

—Barry Lopez

Stories have been a recurring theme this past year in life and learning. Last month at the ELC, I attended a session on developing professional learning communities through appreciative inquiry–Chris Jansen. One of the key strategies of creating a plc is sharing powerful stories.  Stories emotionally engage people and asking the right questions draw out these stories. There is authenticity in sharing what is personally important. We empower, partner and write new stories together.

A few weekends later, I went to Manila with some teacher friends to visit and learn more about Kids International Ministries. I really appreciate that in every project, they take the time to get to know and work alongside community members–to really invest in the people and support local organizations already there who are working to build up and strengthen the community.

The people we met in the Philippines have such a friendly demeanor and they really caused me to pause and think. Knowing that we were only there for the weekend yet still taking the time to share with us, to tell their story and want to hear ours…it was an honour to have the opportunity to spend time with them.

Hong Kong being such a transient city and living here for a decade now, I find it emotionally draining having to constantly say goodbye to people. I was reminded that in continuing on with our journeys, no matter how long or short we’ve known someone, our paths have crossed, our stories have met and that’s a gift.  It makes us who we are.


Their story, yours and mine — it’s what we all carry with us on this trip we take, and we owe it to each other to respect our stories and learn from them.

—William Carlos Williams

So take the time to listen. Listen to the stories of others.
Share your story.
Connect, reflect, learn and grow.


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