We are characters in a life story, (the one that matters most) and as we look back we see a plot. Our characters connects to others, and to events, and we draw conclusions about what the story is. Those conclusions contribute to what our self- identity is.
Over a 20-year period once a month the men in my church group would use their meeting time to tell their life stories to each other. Over that time many had several chances to do this myself. Often it was noticeable how the same individual’s story changed when he retold it. The changes came because as time passes we look at the past differently and that is a good thing.
Having a personal story is critical for us to know ourselves, but we also use the story to make connections with others each day. We say hello to a store clerk. Were asked where are we from? We share that place and often it becomes the way a new connection is made.
Writers find their characters and understand their stories even before they really develop their plot. Once that is done they sometimes just listen to their characters talk to each other.
Thinking back our interaction with others seems to change. We remember things different over time. The narrative of our own story can changes.
New people and influences change how we see the past. Sometimes new people seem to have an important reason to be part of our lives. Sometimes they help us with needed changes or in understanding ourselves.
If people can come for a reason, then other influences can come for a reason, or, even better, they can be sought out to help solve needs.
People, events, and new knowledge can influence us.
The artists, poets, and writers inform us, using their feelings to show us things that we may not have seen before. Writing things down and listening to music can open a direct route to the subconscious mind informing it of what it is that we want.
Write down your life story. Read it often. Change it, as you come to know how it needs to be changed. You will reinvent yourself.
"We are what we repeatedly do, therefore excellence is not an act, but a habit".
"Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution. It represents the wise choice of many alternatives-choice, not chance, determines your destiny"
"The secret to Creativity is knowing how to hide your sources"
"you can't use up creativity"
1. What about your parent's life story? Do you know what it is? The picture of my Father's hat above is a start but his full life story is what matters most.
2. A good book titled "Craft a Life You Love" suggests something important. What is it that you love?
3. If you love reading have you looked for new subjects? If you love art have you looked at the art that others make?