Beyond the vicious circle
Our stories represent the richness of what it means to be human—there is a power, validity and value in them, but not when those stories get confused with the presence of life. Sometimes the stories we tell ourselves, the how we see it keeps us stuck, and we get caught in a vicious circle.
When things happen, we assign meaning, form opinions that stay around, and then often map our future behavior onto the early narratives we put in place. It would be great if the slate were clean and we could be determining the principles by which we were going to live our lives, but in a vicious circle no intentionality and no created purpose can exist. Vicious circles are formed in reaction to something— mechanically, not intentionally. When we begin to see inside the mechanical nature of a vicious circle, its bankruptcy becomes apparent. And when we become aware of that, we would more than likely attempt to change it—but “change” only alters the circumstances in the same circle. While there’s no fixing in the vicious circle, in the recognition of it being at play, we have a say in the matter of who we are, and the room to create and design our lives. It’s there that the infinite possibility of living a created life becomes available.
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