August 19, 2013

A great story needn't be long

guitar-81678_640People often think that a story has to be long  and follow a particular structure in order to have impact or be memorable.  This belief often inhibits us from sharing our stories, but it is simply not true.  Sometimes, the best stories are really short little anecdotes.  I came across this one in a recent Time magazine ...

In answer to the question, "How does a sharecropper's kid get a guitar?", 77 year old blues guitarist Buddy Guy answers:

"It wasn't a guitar.  In Luisiana you've got mosquitoes that will lift you out the bed and no glass in the windows.  My mother saved 10 cents and bought a piece of screen and tacked it on.  I stripped little pieces of wire, stretched it on nails and picked on it."

Only 51 words, but it conveys so much ... passion, ingenuity, overcoming (and more).

Share your stories, no matter how short or seemingly insignificant they may seem to you.

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