‘In real life, true empathy drills down into unhappiness.’*
‘It is fashionable to espouse the latest cynicism. If we live in hope, we go against the tide.’**
What if you’re not the victim, what if you’re meant to be the protagonist?
This is a story shift, to move from powerlessness to power, defined by Martin Luther King Jr. as:
“the ability to achieve our purpose and to effect change”.^
It involves creating a different kind of story to live in, about power being able to be fully present, not a half-person. Whilst we all need help to get there, to differing degrees, only we can author the new story from within own lives and it best be today, just some small steps will begin it:
‘Despair is a spiritual condition. It’s the belief that tomorrow will be just the same as today.
Hope happens when we can set goals, have the tenacity and perseverance to pursue those goals, and believe in our own abilities to act.’^^
To imagine the future, to have the grit to reach for them and to know we have abilities that will help us, is a powerful thing.
When we begin to break it down, we see how hope isn’t something floating in the ether and some catch it and others don’t, rather it is something we can learn.
We know there’s power in literacy, but there’s a new literacy for those understanding the greater possibilities:
‘The illiterate of the 21st Century will not be those who cannot read or write, but those who cannot LEARN, UNLEARN,and RELEARN.’*^
I’m just beginning an online story writing course and have read that there are five practical elements that have to be accomplished first of all: planning, setting, viewpoint, plotting and characterisation. If we are to write a better story that makes it possible for us to move from being a victim to protagonist, we have to do the behind the scenes work. Why not work on:
PLANNING: What small thing will you change today?
SETTING: Where will you accomplish this, who with?
VIEWPOINT: Who do you trust to be able to help you, including reflect on this
PLOTTING: Where will it lead you next; how does it connect with your story?
CHARACTERISATION: How will it help you grow as a person?
‘Storytelling allows us to get perspective on what we can create in the long term instead of always being limited to just seeing there to six months ahead.’
(*From gapingvoid’s blog: Let people in on the secret.)
(**From Eugene Peterson’s Run with the Horses.)
(^Martin Luther King Jr., quoted in Brené Brown’s Rising Strong.)
(^^From Brené Brown’s Rising Strong.)
(*^Alvin Toffler, quoted in Sunni Brown’s The Doodle Revolution.)
(^*From Patrick Dodson’s Psychotic Inertia.)