Once upon a time Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water, and bumped into seven dwarfs that had three little pigs and a lamb whose fleece was white as snow. The seven dwarfs gave Jack a few beans, which he planted into a beanstalk. Jill climbed the beanstalk and met a fairy in the clouds, who granted her a wish, but warned her that if she made a selfish wish for herself; her nose would grow longer. In order to maintain her beauty, she decided to make a wish for her friend humpty dumpty who had fallen off a wall and could not be put back together again. The fairy granted her wish and once again, humpy dumpty sat on the wall. She climbed down the beanstalk and noticed that Jack had fallen down and broke his crown. She gave him a kiss, which turned him into a frog, and they lived happily ever after.
By nature, we have a fascination for stories and story telling. From the time when we were born, our parents read to us or taught us nursery rhymes. We may not be aware, but whenever we communicate with our friends we are sharing stories about ourselves or about others. We enjoy reading novels and watching movies while getting so involved in them that we feel inspired, terrified, humored, disgusted, or even end up in tears. We also find it very easy to absorb information when it’s in a form of a story, because it makes it interesting and we can often relate to it.
Everyone has a story to tell and a lesson to teach. A chapter full of pain and suffering can cultivate compassion within us. A chapter of triumph can inspire us to achieve what we are striving for. We can feel gratitude and appreciation by reading about lives of the less privileged, and failures encourage us to try again without quitting. Our state of mind at the time dictates the lesson that we can learn from a specific chapter or story. This is why when we hear or read the same story for a second time, we find a different meaning hidden within it.
When we encounter unfavorable situations, we can remind ourselves that it is simply another chapter of our story that is unfolding, and we can choose how exciting or boring we would like it to be. Consider the types of stories that we are attracted towards. These stories often involve mysteries, triumph of good over evil, deception, sorrow, success, death, strategies, etc. This is basically what life is all about. Why are we intrigued when others face such situations, but get depressed when it happens to us? This universe is one expansive story with billions of chapters full of various emotions that are unfolding in real-time.
We must strive to make our chapters interesting. Let us take chances, participate in activities that excite us, embrace uncertainty, trust even though we may get hurt, believe in ourselves, and follow our passions. Most importantly we must give ourselves a pat on the back and be proud of our stories so far. Every scar that we have endured symbolizes a triumph, and every scar that we have caused offers us the opportunity to forgive ourselves, make peace with the past, and move on.
If we do not consider the chapters of our lives interesting enough, now is the time to start writing exciting ones. Our stories are unfolding in real-time and no one knows how or when it will end. At every moment we have a choice to decide in which direction we would like this chapter to turn. We can alter our emotions and actions to drive the chapters of our stories into a direction that will excite us and create a lasting impression. It is always a choice, and the only moment we have guaranteed to us is Now.
“In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.” ― Robert Frost