“Most of us are slaves of the stories we unconsciously tell ourselves about our lives. Freedom begins the moment we become conscious of the plot line we are living and, with this insight, recognise that we can step into another story altogether.” – Carols S. Pearson
Storytelling and telling a great story with our lives is all the rage at the moment. And I love that.
It shows us that people are valuing not simply the destination, but the journey it took to get there. Where each page is important to the whole and each word builds purpose and brings clarity to the bigger purpose of the story.
Take a minute right now and think about your life. What does it look like? Where have you gone? Where are you going? And if it were to be in the context of a story, what would it tell people? Would it hold their attention, draw them in and impact them? Or are you simply going about life apathetic or being purposeful in embracing every inch of every day and leaving a mark with each step you take?
I hope it’s the latter.
See, the world needs more women who care about others and who treat themselves as they would their own girl friends. Too often we speak kind words to those around us that we forget to be kind to ourselves as well.
The world needs more women who live their truth and stand by their convictions, especially in the midst of a valley or dark place.
The world needs more women who champion, cheer and support the women around them. Comparison and competition is of no help to anyone.
But more importantly, the world needs more women who are on fire and live vulnerably and bravely. Whether you realise it or not, there are people looking to you. We inspire, encourage and guide people with our lives. When people see how you’re living, they’re consciously or unconsciously taking notes about what to do or not implement into their own lives. And you can’t take people where you yourself have never been.
Set your soul on fire and blaze a trail. Be the best you, you can be. To wish you were someone else or living a different story is a waste of the person you are right now. Heroes are born in adversity and character is refined in the fire. Look fear in the eye and remember that the only permission you need to do what you were created to do is from yourself.
Grace covers the brave.
We’re all telling a story with our lives, and your story deserves to be told. No matter what it looks like or where you currently are, don’t hide it or try change the plot line as you tell it because you wish it were different. Be proud of the life you’ve lived because it’s taken you to where you are today. If you don’t like where it’s going, think about what Jim Rohn says, “If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree!”
Most importantly, be proud of you. You’re doing the best you can and there are more people out there who believe in you than you realise.
Bring your brave. Tell your story. The world needs women caught on fire.
– image credit: Abegail Mazo