The Power of the Whole Story
By Karin Vardaman
And this single story goes both ways. . .Last fall while in the field a ranching couple approached, and as we introduced ourselves, they asked, “Are you one of those wolf people?” And I knew they weren’t referring to the British rock band depicted in this picture.
At first, I felt defensive and even guilty for being a “wolf” person. But, their question was based on their single story of me, and I had an opportunity to expand the conversation. My answer, “yes and no – it depends on how you define wolf people.” And thus followed a productive discussion.
To move forward we must first lower the barriers of assumptions.