What is National Day of Listening?
In 2008 StoryCorps (a nonprofit whose mission is to honor and celebrate one another’s lives through listening) had the idea to encourage people across the country to take some time to sit down with a loved one and have a conversation. They decided to make the day after Thanksgiving, National Day of Listening, and we’d like you to participate!
Take a few minutes to sit down with that person and interview them. The purpose is to make this a yearly tradition, to make a point to be present, and to listen to the stories of the people that you care about. It’s a great way to get to know your parents, friend’s extended family and to really make sure that their story is told.
While you are talking to them, you can take notes; use a tape recorder or video camera. Whatever you feel works for you! Each year you can read the stories that you have collected, and if you continue to do this for years to come it will be great to look back on!
The website, www.nationaldayoflistening.org does a great job of explaining ways to get started. Here are a few questions that can help you begin initiating conversation:
1. What was the happiest moment of your life?
2. What are you most proud of?
3. What are the most important lessons you’ve learned in life?
4. What is your earliest memory?
5. How would you like to be remembered?
What a great way to spend the holiday weekend! Make sure to take part in this event and post the interesting and inspiring stories you dig up! Can’t wait to read them, listen to them, or watch the interviews you do! Upload them to you’re stuff!