Are you stuck in the loop of your old story?
One of my indulgences over the holidays was to watch the entire season of the dramatic TV series Westworld. Wow. What a show. I love it when popular culture so closely mimics what we are experiencing in “real” life.
For those of you who haven’t watched it, the story takes place in a futuristic fictional land called Westworld, a theme park populated with lifelike androids called “hosts” who were created for the purpose of entertaining the “guests” by fulfilling their fantasies. The robots are programmed to live out the same set of events over and over for the continual stream of newly arriving guests. The robots’ memories are frequently erased so that they can repeat story loops without recollection of previous experiences. The basic premise of the show is that the “hosts” begin to become aware that the world they inhabit is not “real” and that they are living a story not of their own design. As they awaken to their own consciousness, they yearn to claim the power to create (and live) their own life.
Sound familiar? As I mentioned previously, the theme of 2016 seemed to have been “letting go of the old”. I became aware in this past year that I have been stuck in a loop of my old story. Sure, my life continued to evolve and I along with it, but I noticed I was reliving the same set of events over and over – different circumstances perhaps, sometimes with different people, but the same story. And a limited one, at that. Well, I finally awakened to the realization that it is time for a dramatic evolution of my own story. As a result, I have birthed new bigger and bolder desires for my life. Also as a result, I have become an expanded version of myself who is excited and prepared to live it. The theme of my new story for 2017 is:
Let it be easy.
Sounds simple enough, right? One would think. However, it holds two practices that are newer to me: allowing and ease. Until recently, I was convinced that what I desired – joy, prosperity, adventure – only appeared through the pathway of struggle and hard work. Bah. What a crappy old story. My belief in struggle and hard work created nothing but lack, fear, resistance, and exhaustion. Like I said, a crappy old story. My new story is that I will ease my way to joy. I will enjoy my way to prosperity. I will allow all that I desire to flow to me. And the whole time I will have fun. WAY better story. I’ll let you know how it goes.
What is your new story?
So how about you? What is the old story that you are going to shed like an outworn skin? What is the new story that you are going to embrace with all of your heart and your being? You have the power to create any story you desire. Are you deliberately creating the life you want to live? Are you allowing yourself to experience the grandest, most expanded version of what’s possible for you?
Let 2017 be the year of your new story.