Y is for Yellowhammer, Baba Yaga, and the Curious Girl
Ok, so what does a Yellowhammer have to do with story coaching? you ask. Answer: nothing. Then again, maybe I just haven't figured it out and that's why I'm writing this.
The other day, I was researching some new stories to add to my repertoire and preparing for a workshop which I was due to deliver in a few days' time to a business client. It was one of those morning where I couldn't tear myself away from the laptop. It was when I looked up searching for a word on hovering just beyond the tip of tongue when I realised the sun had come out. It was a beautiful day.
When I got to the line of trees I stopped and scanned the branches above me but could not see the elusive yellow bird. Just as I was about to walk on, I heard the most lovely, clear warbling. I turned and looked up and to my left. And there it was.
As my yellow bird sang, I imagined how both Baba Yaga and the Curious Girl must have felt--the joy of telling your story and the delight in hearing something new. But on that morning it was I who was transformed, my heart touched by a small yellow bird singing for what seemed sheer pleasure, sharing its story with me. And when it had finished, I began to sing too.
And that's my story and I'm singing it just for you in the hope that one day, you'll sing me yours too.