What if your life was a story you were telling? What would you like it to say? All the choices we make, what we say, do and think have a powerful effect on the world around us.
In this post-Factual world in can be easy to become obsessive about the truth, and caught up in never ending arguments. Perhaps it’s because facts aren’t half as interesting as feelings.
So let’s forget about the so called facts for a moment. Facts without stories have no context with which to relate from this felt sense of self. A good story gives us hooks to relate and remember information, it provides a solid foundation on which our imagination can build.
To be human is to be vulnerable, to feel. When we are willing to directly experience and embody this felt sense of the stories of our lives, our sense of self expands accordingly. Our lives become Bigger, broader, Greater.
In telling, listening and sharing our stories, we strengthen our connection to all of life around us.
“the most telling choice of all may well be the story we live from and see ourselves participating in. It sets the context for our lives in a way that influences all our other decisions.
In choosing our story, we not only cast our vote of influence over the kind of world future generations will inherit, but we also affect our own lives in the here and now. When we find a good story and give ourselves fully to it, that story can act through us, breathing new life into everything we do.
When we move in a direction that touches our heart, we add tot he momentum of deeper purpose that makes us feel more alive. A great story and a satisfying life share a vital element; a compelling plot that moves towards meaning fun goals, where what is at stake is far greater than our personal gains and losses.”
~ Active Hope, how to face the mess we’re in without going crazy, p33.
Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone.
Steps for Living a Great story
Know your selves. Get comfortable and familiar with the central superstar of this storey!
Context. Know where you are, what has come before, Acknowledge all you have and the people and places that populate your story
Action. Movement, connection and interactive momentum. Deciding what’s important in your story and taking action.
Contrast. Honouring our suffering, be willing to be vulnerable, take risks, take heart.
Plot twists. If you don’t like where your story is going how can you change it? how can you see and experience it differently?
Resolution. Surrender to reality as God’s manifesto! Reconnect with reality as it is and be ever ready to begin the circles, spirals and Stories all over again.