Storytelling is fascinating, in both fiction and nonfiction. If you think about it, storytelling is all around you, everywhere in your daily life. Every day we encounter big business deals, the movies, books, speeches, speaking to someone at work, speaking over the fence to your neighbour or simply chatting with your family and friends. Whatever you are speaking about, or negotiating, it is a story about something or someone, or some event that happened or is going to happen.
The story being told in whatever medium brings about emotions in people, depending on the content. It can make people happy, sad, angry, depressed or extremely motivated to pursue their dreams, depending on how they interpret the story or information. If the story is unpleasant, and relates to them personally, some people are able to use this to propel themselves in a positive life direction by learning from the experience. Other people find it hard to be motivated by negative stories and remain stuck in a dilemma, replaying their life’s story and telling anyone who will listen what a terrible life they have.
We all experience good and bad times in life, and we cannot always control what happens to us, but we can control how we act on what happens to us. Having worked for many years listening to people’s stories, I am suggesting that if the chapters in your life have been negative, you do not have to remain there. By reacting differently to negative situations and making the next chapters in your life more positive (by using negative experiences to your advantage), your life story can be completely different. You cannot change what has happened in the past, but you certainly can change what is happening right now, and in your future. Decide today that your life’s story is going to be productive, satisfying and fulfilling.
It’s your life; it’s your story; make it a great one!
It’s your life! Are you living life to your expectations by pursuing your ideas, goals and dreams? Or are you living according to other people’s expectations? If so why?
Are you doing all that is expected of you by others, but feel unsatisfied or utterly miserable because you are not fulfilling your own goals and meeting your own needs? If so, then maybe it is time to evaluate yourself, your circumstances and current situation and decide if you are not going to make changes in your life to please everyone else and remain unfulfilled or are you going to break free from the control of others, and make the necessary changes in your life you have always wanted, to suit your needs and feel alive!
We only live once, it’s your story! As an adult you are entitled to live it the way you want to, to plan and pursue your dreams and live it your way. [Of course, given what you are doing is legal and not hurting anyone else.] If you are not in control of your life, someone else is!
Make it a great one! Yes, make your life a great one! You cannot change the past, but you can change how you are going to feel, think and act in the future. Start writing the chapters and goals of your life how you would like it to be, and don’t forget to act on your dreams. Live it, don’t just think about it!