Intentional Living Series Week Twenty-Four: What Is Your Story?

May
23
by Christine


{What is her story?}

"If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop the story”. ~ Orson Welles

Week 23 I looked at cause and effect...how past actions resulted in the life we live today. In week 24, I am examining the life story that we are building through our internal narrative. 

Whenever I visit my grandchildren I find that I end up telling them fantastical stories featuring them as the hero or heroine. My granddaughter Lucy listens intently as I tell the overflowing bathtub story again, and again and again. I don’t think her father is in love with this story because it involves the flooding of the first and second floor of their home and the arrival of the fire department.  My son-in-law, Brien instinctively knows that the narrative that others craft about our life can inform our life. And he doesn't want Lucy to plug up the bathroom tub in an attempt to surf a giant wave down the stairs.

I believe life is a story. And our life story is only limited by our imagination. Think about it, you are the main character in your story. What kind of qualities do you exhibit? Are you kind, menacing, articulate, dull witted, happy or sad? Remember you control this character so she or he can be or do anything you like. Does your character embrace his or her dreams or she live only by a promise of “someday”? All you need to do is be clear about the story you want to tell and live it.

Everyday we lives our story through our words and deeds. We hear a constant narrative about our personal story through others but mainly we listen to an inner dialogue that is with us from the moment we wake up until the moment we fall asleep. What story are you creating? If you were asked to tell the story of your life, what would you say? Are you proud of the story you have created?  As we work to live intentionally and to actually think about what we are doing with our life, it is important to remember that you are the authors of your internal voice. You are the writer, director and lead actor in your life. Do you like the story you are creating?

Week 24 Assignment: Take time this week to write down your story.  Remember, it is your story so write what you think is important. It can be a complete narrative or an episode that is important to you. 

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