Changing Your World by Changing Your Story: Reinvention in Hard Times

Rewrite the story you tell to yourself and others. Look for the blessings in your past experiences. They have given you a great strength that can become your opportunity to make a real difference in the world. Make the choice, reclaim your power, and be the solution. ~ James Redfield

This kind of seems to suck (Or does it?)

I am going to painfully honest here. I am, at the moment, I am pretty much homeless. I am literally sleeping on the couch of a friend. (And, I might add, very grateful to have any place to stay at all.)

As I write these words, my worldly goods, stack up to a cellphone, a car – for which I am also very grateful- an (admittedly) banged-up laptop, and a cell phone. Take that and add or subtract a bag clothes (including two pairs of work out jeans), and you have the grand sum of my worldly worth at this point in time.

So what? Why does this matter? Basically, it doesn’t.

That is, unless I want it to. My point in sharing this is not to say poor me, but rather to say this: I am not, you are not, your possessions or even your accomplishments to date. No matter how it all seems, the value of each circumstance is in your head.

That’s right. It is all based on what you think.

Everything in your world is simply a storyboard based on your understanding of what it means or matters. It is all open to interpretation. You, and you alone, at the one who sets a value on the circumstances you face.

You can, at any time, change the storyline in your head and thereby change your fate. You can y cast yourself in your life-play as anything you want. The victim. The hero. The one who gave up or the one who gave all.

This is your moment to be brave, to choose a different path and tell yourself, and the world at large, a different story.

You get to choose how you will respond.

You always get to choose. You may not think so, but you do. In that sense, it does not matter if you are in prison or have a past. We all have a past. But in this moment, even with that you can always make a choice to respond differently, to change the way it unfolds.

Be the hero of your own story

Do you want to be the person who was broken or the one who moves beyond the situation? Do you want to live your grandest dream, live your brightest hope and write a story in which you overcome it all?

It does not matter if you are homeless or live in a mansion. It does not even matter how you have failed in the past. You have this moment, this opportunity to be something greater. How? It is not really all that complicated.

My advice:

Rewrite the meaning of whatever you are facing. See yourself as you long to be. And while you are at it, why not make a difference for someone else? Helping someone else may just be the empowerment you need. How do you do that?

Simple: Listen to your soul.

Ask what it longs for. As what you are hungry for, thirsty for and then seek to give that gift to others. As a child, did you thirst for encouragement? Did you long for shelter or a kind word?

Then it is your moment to shine, here and now, for others who need love. Rewrite the plotline. Have you found yourself alone, or broken? Then seek to heal and uplift in the way you needed it. You understand a need because you lived it.

Go and do as you wished others had (or have) done for you. Rinse and repeat. It does not have to be big or fancy. It just needs to be genuine. It can be as simple as smiling at a stranger or as grand as helping to build a home for a needy family.

You are the solution.

Do not look around you in fear that there is no hope. YOU are hope. You are the missing piece. You have the power as soon as you make the decision to be love in motion.

So go now, and live it. Live it with all your might. Make the world better. Make a better you. I know you can do it and I will be here, cheering you on as you cross life’s finish line.

Namaste my brothers and sisters. Today is going to be a good day. All you have to do is choose it.

*** By Victoria Cayce, a freelance writer, shaman, healer, energy worker and spiritual teacher. As a writer, she covers both mundane and spiritual topics.


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