What’s Your Story?
What’s Your Story?
A Conversation with Oneself and Others
My eye was caught recently by an article about prison consultants (here) — a specialty I hope to never need. I was intrigued and started to read, staying with it until I had finished every word. I had not expected such an inspiring validation of the power of story — how we frame and articulate our own story and how we share that with others.
These consultants work with individuals facing jail time to help them explore and embrace their entire life story rather than focus solely on the crime they committed. One benefit is that this narrative will be presented to the judge and potentially influence how the judge perceives and sentences the individual.
A more profound benefit is that this bigger story, this larger truth about an individual, has the power to change their life. They emerge from these consultations with hope, direction, and motivation. They are able to make life-changing decisions in all the good ways — before, during, and after their time in jail.
Reflecting on the stories we tell ourselves, I cannot help but think of the mental prisons we often put ourselves in. I know I have been guilty of diminishing myself by focusing on my perceived shortcomings. When I indulge in this thinking, I’m less willing to open myself to new opportunities. The feeling of not being good enough can be overwhelming.
Focusing on the strengths that make us unique helps write a new and more balanced story. That is a story well worth embracing and sharing.
“Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” – Lao Tzu
Cathy Joseph is the author of the Random Conversations blog and is currently seeking representation for her book, The Art of Having a Delicious Conversation.
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4 thoughts on “What’s Your Story?”
Yes. We are all guilty of that feeling and it affects us in so many ways. Thanks for the reminder to appreciate who we are.
Thank you for the validation, Harriet. We are so much more than the sum of our faults.
Great thoughts on a wonderful approach to looking at your life as a whole and not as isolated moments that are all too often the more negative ones for me at least. Really appreciate this share!
Thank you, Shelly – I’m so pleased this resonated with you. It’s incredibly powerful to embrace our full self, and it’s often the hardest thing to do.