That's right, friends around the world: we're freezing Down Under (relatively speaking!), hence the pink jacket again. This week, we went to a Prefect Dinner for our son's school in the city. The guest speaker, Dr. Oliver Watts, was 100% inspiring. You can take a peek at Oliver's art here. Beautiful! On the way to the carpark, we zipped through a building because it was coooooold, and quickly snapped a photo in front of this painting by Albert Namatjira, an Australian artist. Don't you LOVE it?? So much good Australian art! So many ideas!
When Oliver Watts spoke at the dinner, he reminded me of this: we tell a story about everything.
Often we forget that we have the ability to choose: are we telling a good story or a bad one? Helpful, or not? (And maybe the most revealing question of all: do our stories have a central theme? For example, is it always someone else's fault? Are things always going wrong?)
We have control over how we experience our worlds -- we all know this -- but sometimes we hold onto a story like a dog with a chew toy. Have you been there?
Will. Not. Let. It. Go.
But here's the thing -- it's possible that the stories we're telling are wrong.
My friend, Jess, made me laugh this week when she said, "Can you just drop the chew toy? Can you let that one go?"
It's all a story. Everything.
We don't have the imprimatur of "reality" or "the truth" on our side. We see things a certain way and we judge, but we don't know for sure. That's why I'm asking myself more often...
It makes life so much easier.
Recurring problem?? Opinion that isn't helpful??
Drop it, pick a better story to tell, and move on.
Enjoy your weekend, everyone! Thanks to all the people who signed up for my Happiness Blog this week. So many of you!! I'm glad you found me and I hope you feel welcome here in my little corner of the internet! :)