Most of us can recall learning about point of view in English class. In writing, it is defined as the narrator’s position in relation to the story being told. Many would not claim the label of a writer, but in actuality, we are all writers of our own stories. We take events and information from our past and present, position in society and family as well as stories told to us and about us to concoct a first-person narrative.
The fascinating and good news about being your own writer is you can change the narrative at any point. What happened in the past does not have to foreshadow our future. We are free at any point in the present to shift our perspective and rewrite our story.
Here are a few practical steps to aid in the rewriting process:
- Choose to focus on the positive – In life, the proverbial glass will never be completely empty or completely full. Learn to acknowledge what’s in life that is making it full no matter where the meniscus currently lies.
- Forgive yourself – While reflecting on poor choices we have made and how to improve ourselves is important and constructive, carrying around shameand guilt about them is not. In order to move on, we need to allow ourselves the freedom to learn and grow from mistakes rather than be held back and stunted by the weight of them.
- Change the way you view “failure” – Thomas Edison tried out thousands of different versions of the light bulb and every single one failed before he invented the right one. His comment: “I have not failed. I’ve simply found 10,000 ways that don’t work.”
- Embrace the funny in life – Humor fosters acceptance of our humanness.
Allow yourself to laugh at past behaviors and thoughts and look forward to more comical acts in your story that have to be written. Everyone enjoys a good comedy now and then.
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