This is my 200th topic after 14 years here on the board. I hope I can make it a good one.
So my topic is stories. We all I like them... actually no I think we LOVE them, don't we? I know I do.
And let's face it I've heard some great stories here and even had a few of my own to share.
I drove a taxi in Portland Oregon for six months back in 2008. In was amazing! One of the most spiritual things I've ever done. I drove everyone, the rich business owner, the hooker, the bums and the woman dying from cancer. We laughed and we cried together. Just like we have done here on this board.
Everyone had a story and everyone believed their story is true.
We seem to as a species who want to identify with "form" or our story.
We have created a story and believe it is true.
As soon as you met someone they start telling you their story.
I'm married and a mother of two. Wife and mother.
I'm a Jehovah's Witness and from England. Religion and nationality.
I'm a student by day and a stripper at night. Vocation.
But really, are any of these things REALLY you. Or are they simply a story or a role you have chosen (or others have chosen for you) to experience right now or in the past?
Maybe you are bigger than these roles or stories. I believe we all are.
Are you happy with your current story or role? If you are not, you really have just three options for happiness.
1. Change it and leave it. Easy to say but tough to do. Change is rarely easy.
2. If you can't change it or leave it for whatever reason, then make peace with it and accept it. This can be also tough to do but will be necessary for your happiness.
3. If you can't do either of the first two. Then the third option is to piss and moan and complain about it. This does nothing to change the existing situation. It does makes you feel a little better about it, by telling other people how miserable you are.
Just like the story about the dog and the nail.
A man walks into an old general store that has a wooden floor. There is a big fat blood hound lying on the floor next to an old pot belly stove. The dog is in pain sounding bad. Whooooo.... Whooooo, the dog bellows. "What's wrong with your dog?" the man asks. "Oh he is lying on a sharp nail." The clerk says. "Well, why doesn't he move?" The man asks. The clerk smiles and says. "I guess it's not hurting him bad enough yet."
Yes, the dog like many people like option three the best.
Time to move yet?