Imagery and Story: A Memorable Message

Valerie_GriffinAt the St Barnabas Hospital Survivorship event at which I was the keynote speaker, I sat next to the Reverend Dr. Valerie Griffin who gave the convocation.  After hearing my talk that included some messages about faith, she wished me a happy new year (Jewish).  She told me at the hospital, the shofar was sounded. I told her a midrash about the shofar or rams horn.

Sounding the shofar represents calling out when you need help. But every ram has two horns. What of the other? The other represents that when someone cries out for help, we listen. We respond. 

I also told her that now is the time the Jewish people try to ask for forgiveness of others so they can be granted another year in the Book of Life which is closed on Yom Kippur and you either got signed in for another year….or not.

She proceeded to tell me about the cross.

The cross represents two lines, one from earth to heaven representing the relationship between man and god. The other much shorter line representing the relationship between humans. It’s shorter to represent the shorter path, the easier way to reach redemption through being kind to fellow human beings.

I will never look at a cross the same way again!

Imagery and story makes for a memorable message.  Visualizing something and giving it meaning through story creates an imprint on the brain. We all want to make the wisdom we share memorable.

How do you use imagery in the stories you tell?

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By | 2016-10-14T15:18:13+00:00 September 21st, 2015|Making Life Meaningful, Simply Story, Storytelling|0 Comments

About the Author:

Eva Grayzel, a nationally recognized Master Storyteller and performance artist, was diagnosed at age 33 with stage IV oral cancer and given a 15% chance of survival. After regaining her deep vibrant voice, Eva applied her stage skills to communicate the depth of her experience in a unique and powerful way. For over a decade, Eva has captivated dental professionals worldwide using her story as a catalyst for change. She performed ‘Tongue-Tied’ Off-Broadway in New York City to a sold-out audience. A champion for early detection, Eva founded the Six-Step Screening™ oral cancer awareness campaign, for which she was recognized by the American Academy of Oral Medicine. She is the author of ‘Mr. C Plays Hide & Seek’ and ‘Mr. C the Globetrotter.’ In 2017, she created ‘My Story Legacy,’ a creative format to document family stories, life values and wisdom for future generations.

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