In what ways can stories heal?
A quote from author Chimamanda Adichie on the importance of storytelling reads, “Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower, and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people. But stories can also repair that broken dignity.”
For this prompt, we invite you to reflect in 600 words or less on the role of stories in repairing and healing. What kind of stories offer salve? Has a story ever helped you to heal? Or have you told a story to help another heal? Whether it’s a bedtime story told to a scared toddler, or a narrative that you repeat in your mind to conjure bravery in tough moments, share with us the soothing power of narrative in your life.