The stories we tell ourselves can take hold of us for days, weeks or even years. They can produce drama and a whole host of things we tell ourselves. It produces, anger, sorrow, sadness and often self-doubt, especially for us as women. The hold of the story is laden with emotional baggage, often taking us back to the past rather than being in the present. It can cause the “should” or “if only”, or better yet, “if I had done x, then y would or wouldn’t have happened”. And sometimes, the story shifts to blame. “Well, if she hadn’t done x, then he wouldn’t have done y”.
It’s not that stories are “bad.” We exist in and live through our telling of stories. It’s when we have so much invested in the outcome or when it causes us not to fully “be” and leads to heavy baggage that it becomes problematic. A “good” story can also have this effect. Because we have so much invested in the story that we’re afraid to let go and to let it go, we lose our power and can become the victim.
Do you have such a story? I did. I went through all the emotions and the shoulds and the self-doubt and the times of reflecting on the past when I could be living my present.
If the story is gripping you and you’re struggling with its rewrite, here are some questions to ask yourself:
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