On my walk this morning I was listening to a podcast about kids today and the digital age. What I found interesting is that while the forms of how the younger generation communicates change, the content is still the same. Kids worry about what others will think of them, who likes who, and their social status is now gossiped about online instead of in lines at school.
The same type of conversation came up when I was touring the petroglyphs at the Abo Ruins near here in Mountainair. The symbols may have been sacred in their story telling or maybe they were just bored kids talking about what they knew in their day to day life.
There are two parts of every story. The story itself and the form in which we tell it. The forms keep changing as our technology does.
But the actual story itself does not really change. People are still people and we are still having many of the same issues we did thousands of years ago.
Last year I made a video promising to tell a more authentic story. I did not keep that promise.
I've been thinking a lot about that lately. Which story we choose to tell both our self and the world around us. In my case they are two very different stories. My public version is not really my personal version. I'll be honest, even I can't keep what I tell to one person or the next straight...
And more so, what makes a compelling story? It is what we have in common that really connects us. It is when others dare to do what we only dream about that intrigues us. It is the witness of success and failure that often inspires us.
And most importantly, the story we tell our self is the one that becomes true for us. Often the most compelling story is not the most constructive story in how we are creating our life both now and in the future.
I find my self often telling my story to the degree that the other person is comfortable. But that isn't the story I want to live in or inspire with.
I'm getting ready to write up what this story has been like for me these last years. And while the question of the form is still uncertain, the content I hope will be both compelling and constructive for me as I write it and anyone else who will read it.
Plus, there is nothing better than a good story then or now!
Welcome to my Journey!
I'm inviting you to join me on my journey as I seek to find a new way of being in an old set of systems. It's hard, but worth it!