Years ago during one of my life coach trainings the leader shared, "The future creates the present". I thought I really understood what that meant and interestingly, I would share that as a quote and be met with bewildered eyes and confusion. I realize now that I liked the quote because it helped me to get through whatever struggle I was facing. I knew that at some point on the other side of the struggle I would be able to look back and say "wow I'm grateful for that struggle". Somehow knowing that at some point in the future I would be able to say that, made the journey easier. The truth is that in the face of adversity I was constantly resisting what was going on in the moment. What ever situation was happening, I did not want it to be that way and I would wish that it was different.
In recent days I have been pondering a desire to write about stories of connection and it's relationship to our everyday lives. It was on my walk this morning that I remembered something I feel is fairly significant. It is what I will call the "Fear Stories" that keep us disconnected from our world, each other and ultimately ourselves. I believe we are allowing our fears to drive the bus. I say that because for most of my life that was absolutely true for me and I simply accepted it as a normal state of being. I accepted that all the feelings that go along with fear were normal, I simply didn't know any different. As children we come into this world with a sense of innocence and wonder, accepting everything as is. Then we begin to experience situations which go against this innocent view of the world. These situations create our "Fear Stories".