When I was four, I liked going to the supermarket with my mother because she always let me choose a treat. I could either get a chocolate bar or one of those Little Golden Books with the colorful pictures and shiny spines. My choice was always a book. Stories last so much longer and take you so much further than chocolate. Even at four, I understood at a gut level that stories take you into other lives. But now, as an adult, I understand their power at another level. Stories allow us to understand other people—and ourselves.
They're a path to compassion.
In the video above, Adrian Grenier of Entourage fame encourages us to share our personal stories of compassion, as a means to bring compassion more fully into our lives.
"If there's one thing we need right now—in our politics, in our dialogue, in our communities, in our world—it's compassion," he says.
Grenier has confirmed the Charter for Compassion, a multi-faith, multi-national cooperative effort to restore compassionate action and thinking to the center of religious, moral, and political life.