Smart Storytelling


A close friend of mine revealed that his wife was annoyed with him for not keeping his iPhone location finder on while he worked away for a few days. He did travel to five different places in three different countries.

There are two possible interpretations of this. One, she was worried about him having an accident and not being able to contact. Or she may not trust where he has been. I gather she must have some app to locate where her husband is at any time. Also, I hear that his ‘wife’ checks his phone, on his return, for locations too.

To step aside from this issue, that is for that couple to sort out, it dawned on me how much our smart phone, if we own one, has become a serious journal tool, and we may not know it.

Each day we may be adding photographs, videos, notes, thoughts, and if location is on, it records where we have been and even where we visited.


All of this is storytelling content!

All of these articles I write and post starts with photos and notes I have collected during the days. These smart phone journal jottings also prompts memories.

So what comes out may be a story, or perhaps some  help for motivating and mentoring others.

If we have a partner it can be very entertaining to share the stories collected on our smartphones. Much better than watching TV of other people’s stories. Its all about storytelling from prompts from our phones, especially accompanied by photos taken.

Now if our partner took hold of our phone and looked at our pics, notes, and location, the story put together from our content would be very different to what we would tell. It could cause very awkward misunderstandings.


The moral of this seems to be that our story is our own, 

... and not for someone else to take control of and tell. Havd we learned this as a serious enslavement of religions?

Another point is that we may not realise that our smart phones, though modern and digital, can be amazing story props gatherers,

I find it easy to write stories, write poems, and even entertain others from the new content on my phone. Actually, with me I use an iPad and find that easier to journal with, but several people I know seem to archive with their phones, and love doing so.

Of course, it’s not so long ago we did all of this with pencil and notebook plus maybe a camera, whether it was a chunky SLR one or a little disposable one. I think that is another article, though, and a pencil and paper is still just right in many situations today.

We do not have people use our Labyrinth Gardens just to snap away with their smart phones. Though gadgets can be great small, journalling archivers for us, they do somehow get in the way in spaces of contemplation.

My thoughts today, are merely focused on the transference of what we collect on our smartphones, if we have one, into telling our own story from this.


I feel it is so important to tell our ‘own’ story 
from our own content collection. 

Our story is easily a synthesis of what happened along with what we may dream happened. For listening fulfilment of this I believe we must not create boundary lines within what the storyteller tells, for truth to flow.

Each storyteller is responsible for his or her story, and the consequences from it. There should not be fear of these consequences otherwise voice is suppressed. Consideration of consent also seems to be essential. Our pure conscience should guide us with this. Consequences are valuable wisdom.

I feel that when someone else attempts to tell our story it can be quite a damning abuse.

One that most irritates me is when I am telling a story and someone butts in with, “What John is trying to say ...”. That coup of control can be very belittling. For a person who has little courage to share their voice it could be a devastating psychic destruction.

My own usual response is a blunt “You can read the rest of my story here”, and maybe hand out some online address card. I then either stay put and listen, and say little more until the dynamics change, or politely make my exit.

I suggest keep your story for you and share and integrate it where you can. It is so much more wonderful sharing stories within a group of storytellers also telling their own. That group may be just two people. This can be more wonderful than watching a film, television, Netflix, or in a listening room commanding that everyone just follows the singular storyteller.


Sometimes it is more relaxing to just listen

... and be pampered by the singular storyteller in person, on screen, or through electronic audio, though.

But make sure the storyteller is not leaving you naked by trying to force you to listen to their version of your story.
Smart Storytelling is your own.
It’s Heart Storytelling.
Do not let it be Upstart Storytelling
From someone stealing your Art,
And breaking your Heart.
Your story is as precious as your listening.

Do you use your phone content for story?

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