The moment you were born, your life became a story. You are the hero, the villain, the explorer, the adversary, the captive, and the rescuer all in one. You make choices and sentences are written in this book called Your Life. Yet we live in a world that presents sudden and shifting alterations to our stories without our permission, don’t we?

I’m sure you can think of a time (or dozens of times) when the story line shifted without your permission? It’s as though the pen dropped out of your own hand, someone else picked it up, and wrote a chapter that was not part of your plan, changing the trajectory of your life. This happens in every good story, every movie we love. There’s a reason the stories we love all follow this journey- “the hero’s journey” as Joseph Campbell calls it. We find comfort and often inspiration in watching these stories unfold because we feel that we are not alone.

He writes:

We have not even to risk the adventure alone for the hero’s of all time have gone before us. The labyrinth is thoroughly known. We have only to follow the thread of the hero path. And where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a god. And where we had thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves. And where we had thought to travel outward, we shall come to the center of our own existence. And where we had thought to be alone, we shall be with all the world.

Brené Brown says,

When we deny our stories, they define us.
When we own our stories, we get to write a brave new ending.

So what would it look like if you picked up the pen and began writing your own brave new ending to this story called Your Life.

Who do you want to be?

How do you want to show up?

How do you want the next chapter of your life to look?

I invite you to watch the New Year’s Day talk that I presenting at a local gathering today.