Familiar stories

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We can have a lot of stories about how our lives are heading, or what our strengths and weaknesses are, or why things are not going as the should go…

One of the most beautifully disturbing questions we can ask, is whether a given story we tell about our lives is actually true, and whether the opinions we go over every day have any foundation or are things we repeat to ourselves simply so that we will continue to play the game.  It can be quite disorientating to find that a story we have relied on is not only not true – it never was true…In fact, the continued retelling of it simply imprisons us. We are used to the prison,  however, we have indeed fitted cushions and armchairs and made it comfortable and have locked the door from the inside.

David Whyte, Letter from the House, Winter 2012

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