What do we mean when in Ayzoh! we (rarely) use the word “storytelling?
In Ayzoh we tell stories; therefore, technically, we can define ourselves as poets. We know… nowadays the words storyteller” and “storytelling” are so overused they risk becoming meaningless. Nevertheless, to us, “to be storytellers” has still an important and exact meaning.
It means to empathize with the differences of others and to protect — everywhere and always — diversity, freedom, and human dignity in a way we all benefit and are richer for it.
It means not being afraid to reiterate concepts that should be obvious and which, for the cynicism of many, might seem lacking in originality and boring.
The planet does not need more successful people. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds. — Dalai Lama
It means to sustain all those who strive — whatever ongoing condition they have — to keep alive their hope and their vision: the most powerful instruments with which to progress both on an individual and collective level.
It means to give impetus for change and to show how some people can change their lives and involve others in the process. It means to inspire beauty locally, nationally, and internationally.
It means to catch sight of all that is experienced: joy, pain, hope, despair, belief or disbelief, hatred or love, grace, smiles, random acts of kindness, the magnitude of nature, creatures of big and small, infinite shades of color, open spaces or confined spaces, unimaginable places: wild, exotic, strange, unique, surreal… normal.
To be a “storyteller” is a labor of love for the world and humanity as a whole. And — even if as reporters and witnesses we have often to confront the bad and the evil — resilience, beauty, and a quest for positive change are the things on which, in contrast to sad passions, we focus our eyes when we look at the world.