There is no Single Story

neal-e-johnson-oQC81OHcl4Q-unsplashEaster symbolizes rebirth…a process of dying to the old self and being reborn.

It’s a great time to re-examine our current state of being and then decide what we can continue doing, what needs to alter, what we can start doing and those things we absolutely need to stop.

It’s also a great time to let go of those things no longer working for us. The stories we repeat about how things are, the mantras we recite that are dead and empty…today is a great day for letting go.

A friend recently shared a Ted Talk by novelist Chimamanda Adichie who tells the story of how she found her authentic, cultural voice.

The message to me after I watched her absolutely entertaining delivery was that there is no single story.

Oh how I have tried, and didn’t consciously realize it up until now, to control the narrative of my own story. I spent years campaigning LOL as it were, wanting all and sundry to understand that I was a good person. This didn’t start in the last 4 years. I was a politician from age 5!

Can you even begin to see how exhausting this task was?

If I felt someone was for some reason, telling the wrong story or thinking the wrong story, I’d be in a tailspin. I’d set about talking to them until I felt they understood and agreed to my version.

Yet strangely, this brought me no peace.

There is no single story.

People will always share the version of what they see and how they feel.

I was zealously and fanatically trying to get control of hundreds of people ensuring that once they were talking about Giselle Patrice Hudson – that they got it right!

Ahhhh Easter! Thank you.

Today I draw back into myself all of that energy wasted attempting to control the narrative. I give up. I cannot.

Yet in the knowing, the releasing and the surrendering, I am lighter today and can rise in the true spirit of Easter.