Tell yourself a new story about life

Someone texted this to me once. It impressed me so much I used it in a story. When I asked her about it later, she didn't remember texting it to me. Anyway, it means a lot to me

Tell yourself a new story about life—

Means that you as the listener will be surprised. It means that I'm constantly telling myself an old story about life and that it is possible to break out of that mold. It means that the meaning of my life is determined by the story I'm telling myself about life—and that I can change that meaning by telling myself a new story! It means that change is possible simply by changing the story I'm telling

I tell myself stories about life by what activities I choose to engage in, what items I choose to read, what people I choose to believe in, what my expectations are for the future. I tell myself stories by repeating the stories I've told myself my entire life (which are based on the stories my parents told me when I was little)—Tell yourself a new story about life means I don't have to listen to those old stories, verbatim, for the rest of my life!

Tell yourself a new story about life is refreshing. It's possible—I can't change the world but I can tell myself a new story about life. Maybe I can't even change my life but I can certainly tell myself a new story about it

Telling myself a new story is powerful. It's saying (in Quentin Tarantino's words)

That's the way it goes. But don't forget, it goes the other way too—True Romance

The old story is that's the way it goes. The new story is but don't forget, it goes the other way too. Tell yourself a new story. About the way your life goes. Reverse the ancient patterns. You are maleable, changeble. The story is not over—change it