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Whoever Tells the Best Story Wins, 2nd Edition by Annette Simmons

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CHAPTER 8

Vision Stories

When I was a kid, my mother taught me table manners by suggesting I’d need them, “In case the queen ever invites you to tea.” I’m over fifty, and so far I’ve received no royal invitations, but I do have lovely table manners.

The queen’s tea party was my mother’s version of a Vision story. When I was eight, using a short fork for salad seemed ridiculous without my mother’s “You’ll thank me someday” story about my future self barely avoiding public humiliation at a royal tea party. We can always use a good Vision story to help develop moral character and delayed gratification, no matter how old we are.

Unpleasant chores, training, routine maintenance, and disruptive changes in procedure rarely offer much immediate gratification. ...

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