My children loved for me to tell them stories when they were young, requesting to hear the same silly tales over and over again. I would fabricate details in an effort to make them more interesting, but they were satisfied ,and actually demanded ,that I adhere to the original version. My daughter has become somewhat of a storyteller herself and truly possesses a gift for writing. One of her favorite books as a child was, "Tell Me A Mitzi " by Lore Segal.
I also enjoy hearing stories about people and their lives. Their personal narratives reveal who they are as individuals. Some people are better story tellers than others. I knew someone once who had a particularly melodic and euphonious voice that made listening to the simplest account of life's happenings, a pleasurable and transforming experience. When I paint, I often think of that voice and actually began a series of paintings entitled, "Tell Me A Story."
If you care to listen, everyone has their own unique story to share. Ask someone to tell you theirs. It is a gift really, because you are given a glimpse into their life, their thoughts and at times, their heart and soul.