“So often life is every bit as good, if not better, than the wonderful make-believe movies we love to watch. It is all the same joy and sorrow, mystery and suspense, adventure and excitement, love and emotion, except it is real. Live your life as if it were a great movie—complete with the happy ending.” Excerpt taken from: “The Art of Acting” by Stella Adler, a book written by a man named Kissel.
Stories tell us and others about us. The find their way into the stories we tell. The stories we tell, as in the lives we live, are about us; our beliefs, our perceptions and the role we cast ourselves into. Even the quirky, zany, eccentric, oblivious, weasley and outrageous aspects of ourselves and others we know show up in the stories we tell. Whether or not we are developing a personal story or a folktale, we are the story. A story which reflects aspects of our own lives.
What is your favorite folktale, story or movie? How does it touch or inspire you? Take a few minutes and cast yourself in the leading role. The stage is set. The curtains open:
Who are you?
Where are you?
What’s your story?
Who’s in your story?
What do they think of you?
Where are you going?
What do you do or hope to become?
What are you doing that you never thought you could do before?
How is the ending different from the beginning?
Now, what about, just maybe putting ourselves, yourself, into the leading role in our own life story?
Who are we right now?
What decisions are you making?
Who are the main people in your life?
What are your goals?
What is your bigger vision or dreams – the ones bigger than what you’ve ever accomplished before?
What is the next step?
So . . . What’s your story?
Until next time . . . Let Your Storyographer’s Journey Begin!