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About Stories

How long have we told each other stories? Millenia. Anthropologists theorize that the cave paintings they found were done in the far reaches of the caves so that when the images of animals were lit up by torches, the hunter could experience the animal, and master their fear. They could plan their hunt. They also believe that early humans sat around fires (leisurely, because no work could be done in the dark), and looked up at the stars and imagined what shapes those points of bright light made. Eventually, we got the names of the Constellations handed down to us. Orion the Hunter, and the Pleiades, the Seven Sisters, etc.

Stories are so timeless that we still enjoy and teach about stories that are hundreds if not thousands of years old. Aesop's Fables are taught to us when we are young -- everyone relates to the slower turtle whose persistance wins the day against the quicker but lazy and arrogant hare. And the lessons that stories teach us can help us understand morals, avoid danger, or help us understand the world. When humans hear information in the form of a story, they are more likely to remember its message. 

Then there are the stories we tell ourselves. We all have some. Usually repeated almost unconsciouly to ourselves, they are part of how we think of ourselves, how we define who we are. Often, they were handed to us by well-meaning family members. "You are too much of a dreamer to handle money." or "You aren't the kind of person who does X," whatever it is. We absorb these self-definitions very young and some may no longer fit us or may be actually holding us back. Letting go of old stories is one way we grow into who we really are and were meant to be. 

So come with me and we will explore all this and more and you can find if you need to revamp the story that you tell yourself. Own your story!

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