Our lives are fascinating. Sit quietly for a moment and consider a story about your life that someone would find compelling.
And don’t tell me you don’t have one. Yes, you do.
Like the time you and your friend took a bus trip to the largest hosta farm in the Midwest for the weekend, and you don’t even like hostas. In fact, when asked about the variety you were seeking, your response was “green.”
Or how about the time you went out with your buddies, acted like college kids, and laughed so hard that your face hurt the next day.
Or how you got “lucky” and ended up with front row seats to see Kenny Chesney.
Stories hold our memories. Stories connect us.
Sometimes, we tell ourselves stories that do not serve us, and are not REALLY true.
–I used to be in shape. Those days are gone forever.
–With my schedule, I don’t have time to exercise/eat better/have fun.
–I can’t cook/take time for myself/give up my diet sodas.
These are the stories we can rewrite. We simply need to get to the place of being ready to get creative and try something new.
Ever try to do something you thought you could NEVER in a million years accomplish? Pretty scary. Then when you succeeded, well, talk about empowerment!
I felt that way when my PC crashed and I figured out how to write my blog posts, then upload them to my website, on a MAC. Oh. Yea.
I still feel that way when I try a “new-to-me” class at the gym, and walk away fairly unscathed when it’s over. Look out Wonder Woman.
So, today, what’s your story? Is it true? Is it REALLY true?
If you have an old story that you’re tired of playing over and over and over again, I’d like to hear it. Odds are good I’ll have some creative ways to rewrite it that are really pretty simple. Oh. Yea.
“Your life is your story. Write well. Edit often.”—Susan Statham