“When we deny our stories and disengage from tough emotions, they don’t go away; instead they own us, they define us. Our job is not to deny the story, but to defy the ending – to rise strong, recognize our story and rumble with the truth until we get to a place where we thing, Yes. This is what happened. This is my truth. And I will choose how this story ends.” Brené Brown
Our personal life’s stories can be a source of great pain or the thing that propels us to our greatest self. Although we would love to grow, too often we feel trapped inside our stories. We let them define us, tell us what we can and cannot do. They are the root of our excuses and the reason we beat ourselves up. Our stories have us believing that there is no way out of our current situation – that there is only one way to go and that it is on the same path we’ve always traveled. What if . . .
Weekly Path to Peace: Choose how your story ends.
- In what way do you deny or disengage from your story? What emotions have you tried to stuff down or pretend are no longer present
foryou. Spend time every day this week connecting to all of the stories you might still be denying. What emotions do you notice become present for you? Allow yourself to be honest and journal about what you discover.
- What truth can you discover about your stories that will help empower you? What qualities have you seen that you own or have displayed that could be of use to you now? For example, if you saw real courage in a moment, how can courage help you re-write how your story ends? Once you have identified all of the qualities, pick one and create an action or support structure that will allow you to display or practice this quality this week.