We all love a good story, don’t we? Whether the story is true or make-believe, a well-contrived story, with well-developed characters, full of drama, heroes, and villains galore delight us whether we are young or old. Stories are essential for growing our imaginations and enlarging our compassion for others. Many if not most stories are designed and constructed to teach a life lesson…how to live happily or not. And I think the reason we enjoy a good story from time to time is because stories have the ability to instruct us without judging us; stories give us a safe platform to explore the world through the eyes and ears of others.
Whether these others are real or fictional it does not matter, because stories of every genre become the fodder for our own belief system. And then we must look at our own story, because we are authors too. Authors of our own lives, writing each chapter, each scene, every moment of every day. Whether we realize it or not, our life is our story that will be read by those in our world (our family, our co-workers, our friends and associates). What lessons are we teaching? What lessons are we learning? How much of our story is based on fiction? How much is based on reality? As our own biographers, we have the authority to write and re-write our story each and every day…for better or worse!
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. Maya Angelou
You’re writing the story of your life one moment at a time.
(from The HeartMath Solution)