Reveal less, share less – Speak less, listen more, and open yourself to the possibilities rather than spending all your time in conversation regenerating the story that is playing in your head. Make room for new and fresh experiences to change your story and your life.
Have you found while someone is telling a story, do you find that your mind is already locked on a similar experience you had and you are wrapped up in your own thoughts and outcomes, and can barely wait for them to finish before you launch into your familiar story?
“A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small parcel.”
― John Ruskin
This is very common to be wrapped up in our own story, after all, its very personal. Its who we are, how we perceive ourselves in relation to the world around us. Its a common human condition to be caught up in our stories about who we are, who we should be, and how we should live. But when we look very carefully at our story, we can start to see that it is just that – a story. It can be very challenging to give up those stories of who we present to the world. We may resist looking clearly at our stories and cling to our sense of self importance, anger, hurt or fear, unwilling to release them, and get very defensive when our stories are challenged. The little voice inside questions: who will I be then, where will I belong?
Our resistance to change binds us to old habits, and we close ourselves off from new and better experiences when we are so caught up in the old stories. It can make our lives cumbersome when we resist change and cling to old habits and ideas about ourselves and the world.
Being open to new possibilities is not always easy, but the payoff is great. When we are open to the idea that we are the author of our own story, and we can change it, that the past doesn’t necessarily inform the present, we open ourselves to shaking off the masks we carry and the burdens of carrying those personas. Focus on what is going on around us instead of repeating our old stories, reveal less about ourselves, listen more for the clues of how to change; share less about our old repeating patterns, and share more new experiences.
The universe is always informing us, if we just pay attention. The road sign, the poster on the bus, the song on the radio. If we are so busy listening to our old stories played in our head, we forget to look up, to look around and receive the messages our guides are sending.
Simple Living is about just that: Stop, look and listen, be open to possibilities that the universe presents to you. If you are too busy re-enacting your old story, you will miss the whisper of the next opportunity being presented to you.