Over the next 12 months I am working on a collection of short stories as part of my commitment at the Creative Hub 30 week advanced fiction course with John Cranna.
While in Greece this year I walked a long narrow track to Homers Tomb on the island of Ios. It was there, as I gazed at thousands of cairns and built my own that I decided that each stone would represent a story.
Stacking of stones lies here as thousands of monuments across a vast open space for those who pass by, in honour of Homer and perhaps humble altars to celebrate his life and lasting influence to literature. Or maybe it is a simple sign of connection for those that visit as they gaze out from the high cliffs to the sea in an ordinary display of thanks and gratitude.
Like a simple pile of rocks each of my stories is about ordinary people in ordinary lives and we get a glimpse of how fragile and complicated the human life is, dependent on the view from which it is witnessed. Most of the others are building mountains with their epic novels.
I am building little rocks and stacking ordinary moments of life as a monument to the small stories and the ground upon which they stand. Its the small moments that witnessed individually and collectively have big impacts that can leave a lasting impression on our soul.
It was an honour to present at the Elephant HR Inspiration Day in Auckland on the 25th October on the value of Storytelling for HR. Who tells stories, how they tell them, what they say and what the impact is!
Building your own narratives can have a lasting effect on your businesses bottom line and reinforce your values and mission.
Oil on Canvas, 2009
Oil on Canvas, 2008
Publisher -HRINZ Human Resources – New Zealand’s Magazine for Human Resource Professionals February 2015
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