Through storytelling we can come to know who we are in new and unforeseen ways. We can also reveal to others what is deepest in our hearts, in the process building bridges. The very act of sharing a story with another human being contradicts the extreme isolation that characterizes so many of our lives. As such, storytelling carries within it the seeds of community. And, because stories take time and patience, they serve as potent antidotes to a modern society's preoccupation with technology and speed.

Richard Stone, The Healing Art of Storytelling