We make sense of life through our stories. Life is mysterious, scary, wonderful, big – replete with challenges, stumbling blocks, triumphs, sorrow and joy – and we feel a deep need to put it into words. As Maya Angelou said, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you”.
When another person listening to our own story looks into our eyes and nods, we feel that we are coming home, the challenges are surmountable, and it will all be alright. We feel understood in our journey.
Look at the story that is currently being written for humanity. (Yes, with the amount of control being wielded on this planet right now, it is someone else’s idea of what our lives should be.) Is it a story that makes you feel happy? If not, what needs to change in order to make it a better story? How can we each contribute to that better story?
It’s time to start imagining the future WE want.
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ~ Maya Angelou
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” ~ Anne Frank
“Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one.” ~ Terry Pratchett
“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” ~ Philip Pullman
“If you ever find yourself in the wrong story, leave.” ~ Mo Willems
“If you don’t like someone’s story, write your own.” ~ Chinua Achebe
“Stories can conquer fear, you know. They can make the heart bigger.” ~ Ben Okri