Ep 9: What’s your story?

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Do you know your story?

You may not realize it but you’re narrating your story every day with your thoughts and perceptions. So how important is it to have the right thoughts? How can you create the story where you’re the hero?

How can you know your story if you haven’t left yourself any clues? Learn how childhood supersleuth Encyclopedia Brown can help you create a powerful narrative for yourself.

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Ep 9: What's your story?

Hi I’m Lori Miller and this is your mental health moment.

Any Game of Thrones fan will tell you that today’s stories are powerful and shape attitudes.

We root for, or in some cases vilify, our favorite characters. We talk about their decisions and actions as if they were our own neighbors.

We love our stories so much that we binge on them now like Doritos at the end of a tough week.

So what about your story?

What’s the story you tell yourself that moves your life forward?

Life is sometimes like an Encyclopedia Brown book. Do you remember this delightful series of children’s books?

Encyclopedia Brown was a super smart kid who operated his own detective agency out of his parents’ garage. He charged a whopping 25 cent fee for his super sleuthing services.

In every story, after interviewing wacky characters and gathering intelligence on a case, young Encyclopedia Brown always arrived at a critical decision point.

At the end of the story, you, the reader, were presented with Brown’s last clue. And you, the reader, had to figure out the end of the story on your own.

How you interpreted all the clues Encyclopedia Brown uncovered determined where you might take the story.

If the only clues you leave for yourself in your story are negative or unhealthy thoughts and perceptions, then how will you advance your story in any meaningful way?

How do you expect that you’ll get to the end and go, “Ah-ha, yes, I knew it!”

I get it. Most of the time we want to focus on what’s not going right because it’s so tangible. You can feel the bad stuff pretty easily and with very little training.

Maybe those negative clues also remove some of our responsibility as the author of our own story. My story was so bad because I got bad clues, so yeah….

It’s true that you have no control over the series of events that enter your story and ultimately, change your plot.

You don’t.

But you can determine what decisions to make to keep your story going in a direction that benefits you. You always, always have that power.

If your story has some really painful and hurtful events, this is harder to do, for sure. You have some work to do on your back story to get to a place where you can make healthier decisions.

But you still have the power to use the clues you’ve been given to keep going to the end of the story.

And with the help of compassionate characters in your story, those events can find their rightful place in your narrative.

So, what will be your story?

For articles and videos about stress and mental health, visit my website at Lorimiller.me.

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