DISCOVERING HOW YOU’RE WIRED – “Your Story: Finding Out Who You Really Are” -Passions
Today, we are going to talk about the process of discovering, reading and writing our story and a first step to think about in our story, Passions. This is where it begins to be challenging. This is the beginning of taking a good look at your life to see how you tick. For some, this part of the journey will be difficult while for others it will be a breeze because you have pondered your life before. If at any point during this exercise too many memories come up or you find you need to talk with someone, I highly encourage you to seek professional help. For me, seeking professional help was one of the best decisions I ever made.
Okay, now after that frightening introduction, let’s begin to discover our story
WHAT IS YOUR STORY?
Our stories are made up of the people, places, things, situations, circumstances, experiences, feelings, and actions of our beginnings to this point. Like the telling of a good novel, our stories have a beginning, a development of characters, a time when life was easy and good, a time of difficulty or obstacles to overcome, a journey of discovery and survival, and a resolution or resolve toward the future. You didn’t realize you had all that in your story did you? We all do, it simply looks different for each of our lives.
Let me say this. Often we believe our stories have less value or impact because they lack the drama of someone who has been abused, or addicted, or seem less because they are not filled with wonderful tales of survival or life changing events. That’s not true at all. The stories we have are the stories we have. You have a particular purpose and direction because of your story. Does that make sense?
The Story begins:
You are going to need a journal book or notepad to continue with this exercise. This is for your eyes only so be honest and real while you are writing this out. You decide how detailed you want to get with this exercise. For the sake of example, I will offer a surface outline of my story as a guideline.
Your next step in writing out your story is thinking about the PASSIONS of your life. There are many definitions of the word passion. We can have a passion for something like a passion for animals, a passion for eating, a passion for tennis.
The definition we want to use is “an action that serves someone else”. Using that definition, write down those actions that you easily and love to do that serve or can be shared with someone else. (i.e. a passion for speaking, writing, gardening, serving, painting, encouraging, giving, influencing, teaching, leading, reaching the poor, etc.)
Think back as far as you can for your passions and write them down (the list will usually be 1 to four or five things). We will move to the step later.
Be encouraged, it’s a journey not a destination.
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