Create Your Masterpiece

You are the author of your own life story, and you are free to create a masterpiece of your OWN design.

We all have a life story – filled with relationships, events that help shape who we are, what we believe to be true, and what we want from the world around us. Depending on our perspective and willingness to grow, yesterday and today’s experiences can become fodder for negativity and patterns of playing the victim, or they can fuel a life of strength, empowerment, and continued self-development. We are in control of story we tell ourselves about what happens – and that can make all the difference.

What kind of story are you creating for yourself on a hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, annual basis? If you generally feel positive and peaceful about your past and trust in your ability to handle whatever comes your way, then you are handling everyday circumstances in a way that serves you well and that does not create undue stress. Your life story is well on the way to becoming a masterpiece.

On the other hand, if you hold on to a lot of guilt about past events, harbor resentment about what has happened to you and the role of others in those negative events, and generally feel weighed down by life, you may want to rewrite that version of past and present events and start telling yourself a new, more positive (or at least more objective) story. No matter who the characters are in your present story (or the story you are developing), or what they have done (or failed to do), you are the only one who defines what meaning their actions will have for you. You are the only one who can define what role (positive or negative, authority or victim) you will play in your own life. By taking responsibility for your story, you can learn and grow, forgive and find compassion, and most importantly, design your way into a brighter future – a masterpiece.

From this moment forward, choose a life story that supports, encourages and empowers you. Let it be proof of your own resilience and creativity – choose intentionally to be kind with the roles you give yourself and generous with how many chances you give yourself to learn what you need to know to create your masterpiece. When you remember that you are the author of your own story, that you choose to develop your character and you can choose your reactions to events and people in your story, you will be free to create your masterpiece.