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a new story

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
― Maya Angelou

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Story.   Your life is a story and throughout the pages of your story are moments of joy, regret, sorrow and excitement.   What do you want others to know about your story?

For some people their story is routine, bland and roughly the same everyday.   Year after year they go to work and come back to a place they call home.  The story repeats itself in the spring, summer, fall and winter.   There isn’t something that creates substantial meaning in their story.   It just moves from one clock tick to the next.  Life becomes more about dealing with the bills, weather and occasional routine disrupters that interfere with most people’s lives,  fixing a broken pipe in the dead of winter, mowing the grass, trying to plant a garden, tripping over a piece of worn carpet, getting to work and getting back, talking with the same group of people, complaining about things that won’t change, listening to the news realizing that the story is the same every night, getting groceries, eating, cleaning up, and life goes on.

Life goes on and living has somehow stopped.   Real goals linger as “should do” items on a dusty shelf.   Beauty gets swallowed into a sea of grey thinking.  The crisp edges of life disappear and are replaced with safe routine.

There comes a time in life where reflection of the life lived  begins to ring louder and louder, and begs the questions, “Did I live?”  For most people there is a deep desire to live a life that does matter that there was some contribution, that there was a story worth sharing with others.

What story do you want your life to tell?   What new story do you want to write?

What would make life interesting rather than routine?   What do you want your story to be about?

Start writing a new story today.

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authentically you

 

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”   Ralph Waldo Emerson 

What would it be like if you could live as the authentic you?   What would life offer you if you didn’t have to act or pretend?   For some people that is a scary thought.   The idea of being authentic and genuine is filled with dread, fear and shame for some people.   It might be that you would think that others would start to think of you as you think of you, so the only choice you feel you have is to act.  At some point acting becomes hard to do.   The “true” you is trying to escape and live a life that is really happy from the inside out.   The mask says you’re happy but the feeling on the inside is far different.     If you believe that you aren’t good enough then taking the mask off is just going to expose who you truly think you are.  

What would happen if you could believe in the “true” you?   What would your life start to look like if you could do what would be “true” for you?

Take a few steps towards the true you.

  1. What would the true you really do if you could?
  2. What steps could you take to being the true you?
  3. What would you want to change?
  4. What would it take to start?

 

Appreciate every moment, be grateful for what you do you have, and  live a life you designed.