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Friday, September 14, 2012

Storytelling


Are you a storyteller? I am discovering that I am. Now, I don't mean the kind of storytelling I started on Monday on with the Marathon Mondays. Not the kind where you are retelling a great adventure or sharing an interesting experience with a friend. Or the kind of stories that you might tell your children about knights and princesses and dragons, etc. I mean the made-up "stories," or lies, you tell yourself, like "I can't do ____, because I'm not _____."

Earlier this week, thanks to Tiffany and an eye-opening conversation, I began to realize that I am quite the storyteller. I often tell myself "stories" about things that aren't necessarily true. For instance, I used to tell myself I couldn't lose weight because it's too hard or I couldn't be an athlete because I'm not coordinated. But I finally recognized these things as untrue "stories" so now I've lost 40lbs and I'm a long distance runner training for a marathon (cool, huh?).

But my recent conversation with Tiffany also made me realize that there are even more stories I keep telling myself. Stories that aren't inherently true. Things that I have the power to change if I choose to. Realizing that just about everything could be viewed this way has really shaken me up. Everything I've viewed as "that's just the way I am" doesn't have to be that way. I "write" the stories, so I can "rewrite" them. I can change anything I want to change. I can do anything I set my mind to. It may not be easy, but it can be possible. Anything is possible. Anything!

So what stories are you telling yourself?

1 comment:

Teresa said...

"It's never too late--in fiction or in life--to revise."