I’ve been telling myself a bad story the past few weeks. It’s about myself. And it’s negative.
It’s also (mostly) not true.
Sometimes when circumstances go awry, we turn in on ourselves.
We don’t even need evidence to prove it. We revert back to old childhood narratives or false accusations from the past or just place too much emphasis on our weak spots and forget our strengths.
The Story of You
I just finished a new book on the Enneagram by Ian Morgan Cron. It’s The Story of You: An Enneagram Journey to Becoming Your True Self.
In this book, Cron reminds me that:
“All transformation begins with story transformation.”
So as I read this book, I leaned in on how I need to change my story back to a better one. Cron’s “how to” method uses the rubric SOAR: See, Own, Awaken, and Rewrite.
For me as a type Five, Cron says that Fives can “subscribe to a story that looks nothing like the Story of God.” I don’t want do that.
Instead, he recommends that Fives cultivate our type’s Virtue, which is nonattachment. Seek a full range of feelings. Connect our overdeveloped minds with our underdeveloped body awareness. Give ourselves away more extravagantly.
“Trust that you have an abundance of yourself to give. You are more than enough.”
And that advice applies to all of us, regardless of our type.
God made each of us as more than enough. We have an abundance to give.
“Finally, believe not only in God, but also in yourself. You can do this.”
Leave the old stories behind. Believe in the more accurate story, the story that God tells about us.
You can do this. I can, too.
Happy New Year.
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