I was reminded by a friend recently that May is (among other things) National Share A Story Month.
This is a wonderful initiative that helps children build their creativity and helps us forge stronger bonds with our children. It’s not just about reading stories; it’s telling stories as well. Take a look here for the whole story (ugh, no pun intended): http://www.national-awareness-days.com/national-share-a-story-month.html
I used to play a game with my kids when they were young where one of us would start a story and then pass it on to the next in line to continue. The stories were fictional but the ways that each of us revealed our likes and dislikes, concerns and joys was fascinating and illuminating.
The stories we, as adults, tell each day are also fascinating and surely illuminating. The stories we tell others and the stories we tell ourselves not only reveal something about us but more importantly they inform our lives in often profound ways.
Approach a challenging task by saying “This is going to be brutal, I’ve never been good at this” and, what a surprise, it’s difficult! Start your day by saying “Ugh, Monday again” and voila! Monday bites.
Sometimes we tell ourselves truly involved stories which have taken us years to craft. Maybe they’re about finances or relationships or creativity. Think of the number of times you’ve heard someone say “Oh, I can’t do art” (or I don’t dance or sing). Henry Ford famously noted: “whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.”.
Now imagine the story you tell yourself is one of hope, of strength, of unlimited capacity, of learning without concern for where you started or limiting where you might go. Those stories inform our lives as well.
This is one of the reasons your vision of wellness can be such a strong component in your personal development – it tells a story, indeed many stories, as if they have already unfolded and invites us to participate in the success, the warmth, the satisfaction, the wholeness we seek.
A vision alone, without effort and diligence, without goals and a clear understanding of strengths and obstacles can be relegated to the role of fiction or it can become a focal point and energizing force in our lives.
So go tell yourself a story and make it a good one!