Stories help us filter our experiences and make sense of life's questions.
What do I want? Where do I go?
Why is this problem coming up AGAIN?
How do I keep moving forward?
Sharing stories can foster a deeper understanding of ourselves and a true connection with others.
Depending on the stories in your personal rotation, you might feel stuck: cut off from meaning, empowerment, or authentic connection with others.
That sounds isolating and craptastic to me.
But, know this:
You are the Hero and the Author of your own life story. You can choose how to present your story to yourself, and the world.
Every story has:
- a hero/ine (that’s you).
- what the hero/ine wants.
- a setting (where things take place).
- supporting characters (friends, family, strangers, pets, Yoda).
- an antagonist (the overwhelming obstacle, the villain).
- theme, or how the story is framed.
You may say, but I’m not a storyteller.
But, every time you tell someone about something that happened or didn’t happen to you today, that’s a story. And, every one of your stories has power due to the energy behind it. If you become familiar with common aspects of storytelling, I believe you can use them as tools for self-discovery and personal growth.
If you find your Hero-Self staring at a wall in the current chapter of your life, you can learn how to put on your Author hat and explore questions like:
- What do I want?
- What message am I getting from my Antagonist? How do I turn that around?
- Who are my peeps? Am I tuned in to my helpers and encouragers?
- Is my setting bringing out the best in me?
- And, finally, how am I framing what’s going on? Do I want to keep this point of view, or shall I change it?
My hope is that I can help others move forward in their lives by using these tools of storytelling.