Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Blog 020 - telling stories

Medicine is supposed to be a “scientific” endeavor, and it mostly is. But practicing medicine means also being a bit of a philosopher, a friend, a parent, an advocate, a teacher, a student, and, most important, a listener.

Telling stories is how we humans bond with one another and understand the world around us. Stories reach us in a way that other forms of communication cannot. Stories can teach us, inspire us, and either strengthen our convictions or invite us to reconsider our beliefs.

Somewhere in my medical training and practice I learned that if I listened to the stories that patients told me long enough, they would tell me what was wrong with them, and what to do about it.

I believe in the power of telling stories, and the power of listening to them.

This week on Fitness Rocks I interviewed a remarkable woman. She tells a wonderful story of strength and courage and determination to change a set of bad lifestyle habits into good ones.

Listen to what she has to say. I know you’ll find something in it that will touch you, and maybe even change you, no matter who you are, or whom you think you are.

For all of us our life is our story. We can write it better if we listen to the one’s that other people are telling.

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Monte Ladner