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Never let the truth destroy a good story

I watched him as he was making the vegetarian pizza. He smiled to me when he added a gentle touch to the dough.

He put the pizza dough right in front of me. He was now moving to the rythm of the music playing on the radio. He was humming, adding one vegetable at a time.

Nice, He said. Wonderful, he continued. This will be a treat for you; he smiled and gave me a wink.

Finally. I was alone eating the pizza. It was just me, outside. Listening to the birds. Glaring at the sun. Sitting on the grass, in a historic park, behind a museum.

My second bite. It tasted more pineapple than the first. Not sure why, but I started to think of broccoli and that I had never tasted broccoli on pizza.

The third bite was different. I tasted a mix of vegetables. Spinach. Tomatoes. Peas. Olives, and some Parmesan. Not sure why, but I started to think about a friend of mine who told me that I should never let the truth destroy a good story.

The fourth bite was making my eyes blurry. The garlic and the chili pepper, I thought. Maybe it was, but I was still thinking about the quote from my friend.

Is that what makes a good story teller a great one?

4 responses to “Never let the truth destroy a good story”

  1. Barbara says:

    What I believe you friend may have meant was to make sure you include the half truths, embellishments and general exaggerations that morph average stories into great ones. I know this is particularly of Humorous tales and may also be true of many other genres.

  2. Carol Amato says:

    Hi, Jens,

    Gotta admit, I was definitely intrigued by the title. I tend to agree with Barbara, and her take on it.

    I don’t pretend to consider myself a great story teller, but vivid descriptions need to be in place to definitely make a lasting impression, that’s for sure.

    This was definitely a short, yet thought-provoking article, and I appreciate you sharing it. 🙂

    Have a great weekend.

    P.S. You made me hungry for a good pizza!

    • jens says:

      Hi Carol,

      I agree, Barbara is probably right, although I’m not sure if there is a clear answer. We shouldn’t lie, but how far should we be able to stretch the truth, especially in business?

      I got hungry writing about the pizza 🙂

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