I mentioned this idea yesterday, and since it’s one of many things I’m incorporating into my life, I thought you folks out there might want some clarification.
Telling the story you want to live is an idea that has been brought up by a few of the teachers I listen to. Abraham-Hicks and Wayne Dyer especially encourage this method. Basically, when you talk or write, you’re supposed to try to do it in such a way that you’re expressing what you want more of in your life. I’ll try to explain…
I write a lot of happy, uplifting content. That’s because I want to feel that way, and I want others to as well. I try to make people think, because I feel that’s important. I want a life where people are respectful, compassionate and reasonable, so I write and speak in ways that express that into the world. I want myself and others to be more positive, so I put that into my writing and speaking. I’m telling the story I want to live.
The idea also goes into expressing negativity and how we do it. For example, griping about everything that’s going wrong would be bad, because you’re basically saying that you like complaining and having things to complain about. So, you take the effort and shift your expressions so you’re talking about solutions and how things can get better. You can still talk about things that are wrong in the world or your life, but you change how you do it so that you’re expressing your desire for fewer problems and easier resolutions.
It also goes even further. When you talk about the future, it’s better to talk about it in a positive or hopeful way than it is to talk about it with worry, fear or negativity. The whole “telling the story” mentality involves more positive self talk and more positive outward expression. You think about everything you say and write as an example of the life you want to live.
It’s a little complicated to express in writing, but I hope you get the basic idea. I’m trying to keep it in mind each day when I write. Sometimes I want to just gripe, but instead I write about solving issues, feeling better and my hopes for a better future. It’s really not that hard once you get your head wrapped around it. I can tell you this, it does make you more aware of how you speak to people and how you write. You really start thinking about it on a new level.
If everything you say or write is shaping your future, you want it to be a good future, right? So you start talking more about the good and less about the bad. You start working to fix things rather than dwelling on the issues. It goes right along with my whole “elevated writing” method, which I’ve written about before. It’s just one more tool to help me, and hopefully others, live a better life and put better things out into the world.