Stepping Outside “Story”

“It had not occurred to me that anyone in his family could actually make something. All I had heard about them was how poor they were. So that it had become impossible for me to see them as anything BUT poor.” – Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

What happens when we get stuck in “Story”? Ourselves, and others? Ourselves – we put ourselves in old stories, repeating them day after day, like old scripts: “I”m not capable”, “Girls can’t do that”, “Don’t be too successful or men won’t like you”.

We do the same with others, seeing them as “poor”, “female”, “male”, “other”.

What if we were to step out of story and see ourselves as different? What if we were to write a new story for ourselves and others, setting free our capabilities and possibilities, opening the door to talents and abilities we had locked up because they didn’t fit in the box we wrote for ourselves?

Check out this great Ted Talk from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and learn more about writing a new story for yourself.

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Aug, 09, 2017