Respecting the backstory
We’ve all done it-started telling a story only to stop and share a little contextual history when we realize folks aren’t “getting it.” We often use the word backstory when we do so.
The backstory helps the listener understand the context of the story being shared.
We all have our stories. Some sad, Some happy. Some miraculous.
Sometimes it takes the knowing of the backstory for the story itself to gain context and to be understood.
I often look at those around me as stories, living stories each with a unique backstory.
I may never have the privilege of knowing that backstory, but I must respect it.
Respecting student and colleague backstories can go a long way in teaching us graciousness.
And that gracious respect could eventually build relationships as well as the right to learn a backstory and grow together.