What happens when you fail the story you have so patiently and consistently crafted?
We all have ups and downs, yet some downs have the power to make us question the image of ourselves we have built. Perhaps we think of us as calm and patient, then we act irrationally and hastily. Perhaps we think of us as bold and innovative, then suddenly we are cautious and scared. Perhaps we think of us as caring and supporting, then we catch ourselves in a bitter and malicious mindset.
The beauty of stories, though, is that they are open enough to accept and welcome new behaviours without bending.
We still are calm and patient, but something unusual happened that made us act in an irrational and hasty way.
We still are bold and innovative, but with that new piece of information we felt it was worth it to be cautious and even scared.
We still are caring and supporting, but that person hurt us deeply and now we are in a bitter and malicious mindset.
If we accept this, it’s going to be easy to get back on track.
If we don’t, the thing we were not expecting will become what we expect of us next.