“Our job in this life is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine we ought to be, but to find out who we already are and become it.”Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles

Everything we tell ‘me’ is a story.

But whose story is it? Yours, someone else’s or don’t you know (anymore)?

And the sad fact is, in a world where we’re conditioned to believe in fairies, unicorns and Father Christmas — these could be metaphors for so many things in our lives — we rarely question the status quo, let alone the thoughts that give rise to the stories — even this could be another story.

Assuming you accept this story ‘thing’, you’d imagine that everyone would be looking for a way to create better stories. Unfortunately, that’s not the case: the most prevalent and pernicious story is still alive and well; namely, do this, get that and, hey presto, happiness is yours for the taking. The trouble is, it’s just another story; but when we and the media are so heavily invested in it, it’s hard to believe there’s anything else on offer.

But, there is…

It’s called life, without wishing anything one way or another.

That doesn’t mean you sit still, give up or hope for a miracle, but it means you stop adding to the mental chatter and believing or disbelieving everything you’ve assumed or been taught.

For me, this simply means going through the day saying “…and this, …and that, …and, and, and”.

And yes, if that’s another story then it’s one I’m happy to live in and through.

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