The importance of stories during change

Recently I saw the anecdote below on Facebook. And it touched me. I immediately associated it with my children. My heart can break or swell with emotion when I watch a child's love for his/her beloved doll or stuffed toy (I suspect I'm not alone). But that's not the moral of this story. Just give it a read...

At the age of 40, Franz Kafka (1883-1924), who never married and had no children, was walking through the park in Berlin when he met a girl who was crying because she had lost her favorite doll. She and Kafka searched in vain for the doll. Kafka told her she to meet him at the same place the next day to continue searching. 

The next day, after they couldn’t find the doll, Kafka gave the girl a letter in which the doll wrote, "Please don't cry. I'm on a trip to see the world. I'll write to you about my adventures."

During their subsequent encounters, Kafka read the doll's letters, with carefully described adventures, which the girl loved and they had long conversations about. Later, Kafka bought a doll while traveling, and returned to Berlin.

"It doesn't look like my doll at all," said the girl. Kafka handed her another letter in which the doll wrote, "My travels have changed me." The little girl hugged the new doll and took it home happy.

A year later, Kafka died. Many years later, the now grown-up girl found a note inside the doll. Signed by Kafka, it read: "Everything you love will probably be lost, but eventually love will return in a different way." "Everything you love will probably be lost, but eventually love will return in a different way."

Embrace the change. It is inevitable for growth. Together we can turn pain into wonder and love, but it is up to us to create that connection consciously and intentionally.

A beautiful metaphor about the inevitability and richness of change, the beauty and power of charity – and the importance of stories in communication. Because:

Identity is the story between then and now.
Vision is the story about later.
Strategy is the story between now and later.
And change creates the adventures in every story.

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