Have you ever become so engrossed in a book you couldn’t put it down? How about being so intoxicated by a film that you can’t leave your seat until well after the credits roll? We are drawn to storytelling as an escape from the trivialities of every day life. Commutes. Desk-bound lunches. Spreadsheets. Taxes. Even stories that include all these necessary evils whip us into a frenzy when connected by a thread of drama. Many of us have lives that are habitual and cyclical. Before we know it, a week as passed. Then a month. A year, gone. And many of us don’t have anything groundbreaking to show for it. Except maybe more taxes. That’s why it’s called a rat race.
But what if there could be more? What if we could employ the same tactics that spark our imaginations when we become absorbed int a fantastic narrative to improve our lives? Elevate them. Become our best selves. Vacations suddenly become journeys. Adventures. Our homes become destinations, settings that inspire everyone who enters to rise to the occasion and be their best selves. Just because you bought that popular coffee table and have pieced together the perfect vignette doesn’t mean that it will suddenly be surrounded by interesting personalities and rousing conversation. You need the spark of a good story. By recalibrating the way we think and injecting a little storytelling to our lives, every day becomes exalted and we are infused with a richness of spirt and vitality.
I’ve recently been asking myself, is this all there is? Meetings. Errands. A flurry of meaningless and repetitive activities that take up a lot of my time but are forgotten in half that. I don’t want to hit retirement with a nice framed photo and a pat on the back and think, that’s what all of this was worth? There has to be a better way.
Someone for whom my admiration does not cease, Lisa Borgnes Giramonti, first said, “Life is made up of a series of delicious moments strung together. The more of those I can accumulate, the better.” I welcome you to participate in this journey with me - to live an enchanted life through the magic of storytelling.