We all know that junk food might taste great, is easy to find, and fun to eat, but a steady diet of fats, carbs, and processed sugars is unhealthy. The health risks include obesity, cardiovascular disease and a long list of chronic health conditions. Habitual fast foods may also cause depression, headaches and even acne. But I don’t have to list reasons not live on junk food, you already know it’s bad for you, but healthy food takes a little more effort and focus. Kale, toss salads, and brown rice aren’t as easy or fun as french fries or candy but taking the time and effort to eat nutritious quality foods allows you to be both physically and mentally healthy.
Now let’s consider your intake of stories.
Stories are the stickiest form of communication. When information is delivered within a story structure it is remembered longer and understood deeper than any other communication format. We also like stories, we crave stories, stories are enjoyable. When we are young they are the building blocks of learning and connections. When we grow old, stories tie us to our past and allow us to retain an identity even when memory fails. Stories propel religions, inspire beliefs, help politicians get elected, promote and increase sales, and build bridges to lasting and meaningful connections.
Stories are a constant. We connect by telling them to each other and build an understanding of ourselves by owning stories (both positive and negative) about ourselves. We digest stories daily through movies, TV, books, blogs, comic strips, oral performances, and unscripted discussions.
We consume stories just as surely as we consume food, but not all stories are alike. Just as food varies widely in nutritional value, stories also cover a wide spectrum in intellectual, emotional, and spiritual power.
Are you nourishing your mind, heart, and spirit with quality stories or are you gorging on a junk story diet?
Over the next few weeks we will explore different aspects of junk stories.
- The risks of living on a junk story diet
- How to identify junk stories
- How many junk stories are too many?
- When junk stories become personal
- Weening off a junk story diet.
- Where to find nutritious stories
- Recipes for a whole story lifestyle.
I’d love to hear your questions and ideas. Please leave your comments.