Truth, naked and cold, had been turned away from every door in the village.
Her nakedness frightened the people.
When Parable found her, she was huddled in a corner
shivering and hungry.
Taking pity on her, Parable gathered her up and took her home.
There she dressed Truth in Story, warmed her up and sent her out again.
Clothed in Story, Truth knocked on the villagers doors
and was readily welcomed into their homes.
They invited her to eat at their table and warm herself by their fires.
Stories have a great deal of power to influence good change in the world (they have a great deal of power to influence bad change too....that's not where my interest lies). However, the stories we tell about ourselves, about the type of person we are, about what we do, who we hang out with and what we believe in, often close the door to other stories that we don't see as compatible with our own. We all do it, we are all more likely to listen to someone who we think views the world a similar way to ourselves.
The key to getting people to open the door to unfamiliarity and ideas that they see as a threat to the stories they believe about themselves, is to dress your truths up in stories. This is quite different than telling lies - the foundations of your story must be firmly rooted in truth - but using analogy, metaphor and elements of fiction, you will find that people will be much more open and willing to lend you their ears.
A good example to follow in the next few days...