Whenever you share a story about yourself, stop to ask yourself the reason why. Examine the place from which the desire to divulge emerges.
The same story can be told in entirely different ways. Depending on your intention, it changes. Are you sharing to caution or encourage? To invoke sympathy or to inspire? Are you tied to the struggle or the triumph of your tale? Are you sharing to give or to get?
What you tell and how you tell it says a lot about who you really are in that moment.
We’re primed for stories. We grow up on them…but somewhere along the way, they lose their magical themes. We start to tell ourselves harsher, unforgiving tales about who we are in the world. Somehow, the worse a story is, the easier it is to imagine.
Now, many sources will tell you to drop your stories in order to release yourself. But not all stories are bad. You can choose to script your story differently. You can remind yourself of your miraculous origins and tell the stories of infinite possibility. As the storyteller, you can make a different choice.