Why Are Stories Important?
Often, when we think of stories, we might think of bedtime stories or story-time at the library. But the truth is that story is the very stuff of life. We are beings of story. We have personal stories. Our personal stories make up family stories. Our families have historical stories that go back through the generations. Our families are part of cultural stories that are part of much bigger stories. We are all part of God's story. Madeline L'Engle, one of history's best story tellers, says this:
Stories are able to help us to become more whole, to become Named. And Naming is one of the impulses behind all art; to give a name to the cosmos, we see despite all the chaos.
~from Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art
The Bottom Line
We make sense of our lives through story. That is how God created us to be. Jesus often told truth to people through stories. It is just the best way of getting at what is real. Reality is not possible to fully understand through mere facts. We need story to help us assimilate truth. We need story to show us the way out of darkness.
Sometimes we get stuck telling the wrong story.
Perhaps an occasion when you were assigned an essay to write in college? Or maybe when were preparing a presentation for work? It's not fun. It can feel endless and impossible with no clear way to move forward.
The same thing can happen with the stories of our lives. We can get stuck and feel unable to see things from a different perspective. It is extremely limiting and sometimes feels like nothing will ever change.
Trauma is one of the main ways that stories can get stuck. We can start to believe a false narrative about our lives, one that builds on and emphasizes the negative, prioritizing the worst events and circumstances in the story we tell about who we are.
Book a free consultation with me to discuss the possibility of working together and consider whether you are ready to dive into your next chapter. I always include this step because sometimes, you may be looking for something different from what I provide, and in that case, I hope to be able to point you in the right direction.
You will purchase my Story Coaching Subscription package that allows you to work for as long as you want to on re-visioning, revising and rewriting your story. This is a month to month subscription, allowing for maximum flexibility.
Together we will make a plan for how to get from where you are now to where you would like to be. We will combine my trauma healing know how with your unique experiences to establish a customized plan/outline for your story.
You will create your truest story, the story of who you really are and where you are actually heading. We will clear out the old (resolving any past trauma that has been keeping you stuck) and put in place new habits and ways of being that will support your new story so that you have everything you need to move forward in freedom and joy.