I got this quote from a T-shirt.
I mention it at the end of every college journalism class I lecture in because for me it says volumes about why we tell stories and how they can resonate with all of us.
Yeah, this quote from John Steinbeck is decades old. Still, I find it timeless. It’s like the interviews I’ve had with Helen Mills. She’s the lady in the above picture that I’m hugging. This pic came from, I believe, her 90th birthday. But our age difference never stopped us from sharing stories — and of course dancing together at a blues festival or two.
It confirms for me what I’ll always believe. We’re all trying to connect with aren’t we?
“A writer out of loneliness is trying to communicate like a distant star sending signals. He isn’t telling or teaching or ordering. Rather, he seeks to establish a relationship of meaning, of feeling, of observing.
“See, we are lonesome animals. We spend all our lives trying to less lonesome, and one of our ancient methods is to tell a story begging the listener to feel — and to say to themselves, “Yes, that’s the way it is, or at least that’s the way I feel it. You’re not as alone as you thought.”