Do you have more than five kernels of corn to eat? If so, you have more than the Plymouth Pilgrims had during the “starving time” of 1623, two years after their first Thanksgiving feast.
Two centuries later, in 1820, Daniel Webster, the U.S. orator and stateman (a great storyteller!) spoke at a gathering where five grains of corn were placed on each plate, as a remembrance.
Gratitude is sweeter when we remember times of scarcity. And scarcity is sweeter when we season it with gratitude for what we do have.
Share Your Wealth of Stories
I trust that you have enough to eat today. But no matter how bare your larder, you have a feast of stories to share. If you are fortunate enough to have friends and family to share them with, then you are truly wealthy!
Please ask others for their experiences today, both of hardship and of gratitude; please listen well. And then take a turn to share your own.
If you wish, you could place five kernels of corn on each plate, and ask each person present at your meal today to remember five losses or worries, and five moments for which they are grateful. I promise this will draw you all closer.
A Scarcity of Stories?
What keeps people from telling their stories? Here are the top three items mentioned on my subscribers’ survey results:
- Lack of confidence.
- Fear of not holding listeners’ attention.
- Don’t know how to learn a story (for the uninitiated, this often takes the form “I don’t know how to memorize a story.”)
Over the years, I have constructed audio lessons, supplemented by exercises and more, to help storytellers at all levels tell stories with a minimum of effort and a maximum of effectiveness.
- The Beginning Storytelling Toolkit (a beginner’s guide to learning to command attention through storytelling)
- The Storytelling Workshop in a Box (all the key information for intermediate and advanced tellers)
- The Image Riding Toolkit (how to create vivid stories by connecting with your mind’s ability to think in images)
My Thanksgiving Gift
For the first time this year, you can get all three of the in-depth collections listed above, in the most convenient possible form: pre-installed on a new iPod.
I call an iPod with story instruction installed on it a Story-Pod.
I sell the Story-Pod all year round. But for Thanksgiving, I offer a discount, and add $301 worth of gifts.
The gifts go only to the first 12 to order.
Please check them out:
And let me know how your Thanksgiving stories go, by adding a comment on this article, below.