How many times do you find yourself describing your present in terms of where you’ve been in the past? “I’m here because of what happened when I was there.” “I’m doing this because that happened before.”
There is nothing wrong with providing context for our stories, our choices, and our lives, but too often we limit, diminish and devalue our present by the stories we tell about our past. Perhaps we focus on the challenge, instead of the growth or opportunity that arose from it. Perhaps we dwell on our limitations, instead of creatively carving new paths to follow.
The truth is, we all have stories from our past that have influenced our present.
We all have had moments that perhaps challenged us, frightened us, or angered us. At a certain point in life, It is likely we have all known the sting of betrayal or pain and suffering from loss, too.
But it is often in the grit of life that we find its beauty. Moments of growth, joy, abundance and love. Moments of hope, sprung from despair; compassion from suffering; or forgiveness from betrayal.
Too often we limit, diminish and devalue our present by the stories we tell about our past.
In each of these moments, the narrative we choose has the power to shift us from victim to empowered; from hopeless to hopeful. In each of these moments, the narrative we choose has the power to influence our present and shape our future.
The next time you catch yourself wallowing in the past or feeling trapped in the present, set an intention for a different outcome. Cultivate an attitude of gratitude. Adjust your lens, reframe your story, and change your narrative.
How many times have YOU found yourself describing your present in terms of where you’ve been in your past? What is the attitude and tone of your narrative? Hopeful or helpless; empowered or dis-empowered? How do you reframe past challenges to create opportunities for new growth?