I am willing to bet that you are a better story teller then you could possibly imagine and your creations will, indeed, shape the world.
- Have you ever jumped to a conclusion about someone’s behavior?
- Have you ever overreacted to a comment because you were in a bad mood or misunderstood the meaning?
- Have you ever worried about the future and envisioned the outcome?
When we observe the circumstances of life, we tell ourselves stories to provide meaning and context. The language we choose to describe something affects the way we experience it.
Imagine that you are cut off in traffic by someone who is speeding and weaving from lane to lane. What is your reaction? Do you tell yourself a story about how that person is a reckless jerk and condemn them? Or do you wonder if they are rushing to the hospital in an emergency and send them a blessing?
Our experience is directly related to our lens of perception. Just as a photographer can change the feeling of a picture with different lenses and lighting, we too can shape our world by adjusting the way we look at things. We can change the way we feel, and even change our beliefs, by telling a different story.
When you notice yourself getting upset about the details of your life, stop and notice the story you are telling yourself. Can you create different story that allows you to feel better about your observation?