The stories that keep us back

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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 disorienting to find that a story we have relied on is not only not true – it actually never was true. Not now not ever. There is another form of obsolescence that can fray at the cocoon we have spun about ourselves, that is, the story was true at one time, and for an extended period; the story was even true and good to us, but now it is no longer true and no longer of any benefit, in fact our continued retelling of it simply imprisons us.

David Whyte

photo Uwe H. Friese

 

2 thoughts on “The stories that keep us back

  1. I have always loved your emails, but so far this year, they’ve been absolutely stunning. Thank you so much.

    On Wed, Jan 11, 2017 at 12:26 AM, Mindfulbalance wrote:

    > Karl Duffy posted: ” 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” >

    1. Thanks Joanna, I am glad they are resonating with you. Haven’t consciously changed anything! Just following some themes in my own days and glad if they are themes in other lives as well, Karl

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