Made of stories

Red wing blackbird

“Scientists say that human beings are made of atoms, but a little bird told me that we are also made of stories.” ~Eduardo Galeano

If we are indeed made of stories in the same way that we are made of atoms, then the stories we choose to tell, to accept, to rehearse about ourselves and our world matter a great deal.

These stories make us who we are. Choose your stories wisely!

What stories are you telling yourself about your life? Do they serve you?


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Are you scared enough?

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“If it isn’t a little scary, it probably isn’t worth your time.” ~Ted Murphy

Being a little scared is a sure sign that we are stretching ourselves outside our comfort zone.

And, of course, all growth lies just outside our comfort zone, and anything that leads to growth is always worth our time.

If you’re never doing anything that scares you, chances are you aren’t doing any growing either.

What have you been doing lately that scares you?

What do you want to be doing that you’ve let fear keep you away from?

What would it take to be willing to move forward even in the face of that fear?


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Your habits matter

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“First we make our habits, then our habits make us.” ~Charles C. Noble

The things we do and think repeatedly day in and day out shape us. They wear grooves in our brains that keep us heading down the same tracks over and over again.

That’s why the habits we choose and cultivate matter. What we repeatedly think and do become who we are.

When was the last time considered the habits you have chosen for your life? Who are they making you? Is that who you want to be?

Are there any habits that need changing to better serve the person you want to become?


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Become the water

empty canoe on water

“Don’t drink at the water’s edge, throw yourself in. Become the water. Only then will your thirst be quenched.” ~Jeanette Berson

It’s so tempting to stay at the water’s edge and sip from what life has to offer us, but in doing so, we keep ourselves thirsty in an attempt to stay “safe.”

How much safer it is to throw ourselves into the fullness life has to offer, to drink deeply of life’s bounty, to live life to its fullest!

Only then do we quench our thirst for life, not by consuming enough, but becoming fully alive.

Where have you been holding yourself back? What would it take to throw yourself in and become water today?


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On learning by experiment

toddler walking

“You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.” ~Richard Branson

As a perfectionist by nature, I tend to think that I can’t do new things perfectly from the start, I shouldn’t do them at all. So I often try to master all of the rules before I’ll even give it that first try.

As you can imagine, I’ve missed out on any number of opportunities through the years with this way of doing things.

But this way of approaching new things is a choice I’ve made along the way (albeit an unconscious one). I wasn’t born this way. Once upon a time, I learned to walk by trying and falling over just like everyone else, so I know it’s possible even for me to do things differently.

As I’ve focused on re-learning how to live life experimentally—trying something new, falling, learning from the fall, getting up, trying it again a little better—life has expanded in so many ways as I learn to do all kinds of new things.

I’m learning to treat those falling-over moments as opportunities to learn and improve my approach for the next experimental attempt toward whatever new skill I’m practicing.

I have to say that this approach sure does make life a whole lot more fun!

What are you working on learning right now? Are you willing to get out there and do it, even if you fall over a time or two in the process?


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