One man’s description of Christmas, overheard on the train… “Shopping, in-laws, stress and anxiety”.
Another man’s story, on the same train but in a different conversation, “Whenever I think of Christmas I think of happy children, warm fires and a big hug from my Nan”.
What would your Christmas story be?
Wouldn’t it be great if we could all choose the Christmas Story we prefer?
However, this is easier said than done. Have you noticed how the story you tell yourself seems so real, so definite and absolute. Does your story bring joy & love or dread & resignation?
We speak about stories, their influence and all pervasive impact upon our lives. Stories may be based upon inherited truths, events in time, perceptions, assumptions and gossip.
Next time you are having trouble understanding or communicating with someone try on their story (you may have to imagine it) and notice the difference that makes. This may transform the entire conversation.