Our lives are a story. There are characters, conflicts and resolutions. There is joy and pain, comedy and drama. There is mystery and adventure. How we tell our tales, and thereby how we see ourselves, plays a huge role in how we live our lives. Because perception is everything.
If we view a failure as a stepping stone or an opportunity for growth, this is very different than viewing it as a billboard shouting our inadequacy. We will likely make very different decisions depending on which narrative we choose.
Right now I’m reading the fantastic book Step Out of Your Story: Writing Exercises to Reframe and Transform Your Life by Kim Schneiderman, LCSW, MSW. Schneiderman is a psychotherapist, columnist and workshop facilitator in New York City.