“Stories are a communal currency of humanity.” –Tahir Shah, in Arabian Nights
Jethro “hears” everything that God did for the Israelites so he travels to the Israelite camp to visit his son in law, Moses. As soon as he arrives, “Moses told his father-in-law all that the LORD had done unto Pharaoh and to the Egyptians for Israel’s sake, all the travail that had come upon them by the way, and how the LORD delivered them.”
Jethro already knew the stories. Moses knew Jethro knew the stories. But Moses loved the stories so much that he had to tell them to Jethro so he could hear them again. Jethro knew the stories but he had to listen again. He heard the stories the first time because he was seeking out stories and always listening for the next great epic tale. The stories of the Israelites were so thrilling that they were told and retold over and over again. Jethro wanted more.
Storytelling is so important. Whether it’s around a campfire, Shabbat table, or online, tell stories. Listening to stories is so important. Wherever you go and whoever you meet look for stories. In friendships, family relationships, or even popular culture. Live with that sense of wonder that Moses and Jethro shared. Love stories.
The people who tell great stories live with a sense of wonder and love for life. To those people, everything is an amazing story. The people who listen and collect stories live with that same sense of wonder and love for life.
Be like Moses. Be like Jethro.
Tell stories. Listen to stories. Live with wonder.