Stories rooted in forgiveness remove the flags of red hot trauma by floating white ribbons of peace - reconnecting broken relationships.
Stories, because of their imaginative power, have much greater impact than simple facts. A simple apology has more power when it is embedded in story. Increased brain engagement leads not only to increased thought on the engaging topic, but increased memory as well. When that engagement and memory are controlled and focused in a positive way, the brain’s love for storytelling can be the key to healing and happiness found in forgiveness.
When a person can identify the role of forgiveness in their own story as well as the individual elements of their story, they can then begin to understand their lives and their world in a new integrated and healing way.
Stories embedded in forgiveness are a bonding tool. They unite people in their quests to overcome turmoil because everyone can identify with and relate to a story.
Hearing someone else’s forgiveness story can provide hope to the broken. Often, the only thing that can comfort someone who has lived through great tragedy or tough circumstances is the account of someone else who went through something similar and made it through. They will feel less alone.
A forgiveness story can heal the wounds of the past and focus on the challenges and joys of the present.
Remorse, confessions, apologies, forgiveness and promises of change, become even more powerful when embedded in vulnerable storytelling.
The most amazing thing for me is that every single person who sees a movie, not necessarily one of my movies, brings a whole set of unique experiences. Now, through careful manipulation and good storytelling, you can get everybody to clap at the same time, to hopefully laugh at the same time, and to be afraid at the same time.- Steven Spielberg