Stories: Either/or — Both/and

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Our lives are a reflection of the ways we make sense of the world, of the stories that help us to remember what happened, interpret what is happening and envision what might happen.  Our stories are at their most basic level more than about what we see.  They provide even more importantly the lens through which we see.

It is through our stories that we see the promise of life or that life has no promise.  It is our stories that define life as deprivation or opportunity.  They define where we put our energy, what is worthwhile to search for, what to expect from ourselves and others.  On the one hand they give us direction.  On the other, sometimes our stories leave us flying blind.

Some of our stories are fixed.  They are about verdicts on who we are and what life can be.  They are either/ or stories.  Either…

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