We are all open books.
At least each of us started off that way. The pages are etched with your life story from day one; the new sounds, colors, shapes, smells maturing into people, objects, and thoughts.
As embryos, we are a pure form of energy without any ounce of discrimination, prejudice, or ill will. We begin life without preconceived notions of what’s right or wrong, superior or inferior – blank pages waiting to be filled.
During our childhood and formative years, many elements set the tone for the next chapters to come, for better or worse. Happy, joyful, funny moments mix in with awkward, scary, perhaps tormenting experiences. Many pages are written before we have complete control over the content.
Some never learn how to take back the pen. The conscious minority that do enter into a phase with a decidedly different feel than previous chapters and never look back.
Taking back the pen is key to uncovering your story and coming into your full potential. It often goes hand in hand with being more open, because you realize you are fully responsible for your life and have the capacity to change the tone, content, characters and more. When you know you are the one with the power, you are more apt to feel adventurous as opposed to threatened. As an open book, you embrace different perspectives and experiences with the flexibility to learn and adjust along the way. Life starts unfolding effortlessly, page by page, developing into a rich narrative of ups, downs, growth and change.
Being closed, or feeling like a victim, stifles the flow, so you are less likely to learn new things or understand other perspectives. There are struggles and frustration as you clench tight to the familiar, the same old story repeating day after day with unresolved conflicts and unfulfilled plots just fighting to be written. Be willing to let things happen on their own time and trust that without the downs, the ups will not be as sweet and meaningful.
Nothing worthwhile in accomplishment or growth occurs when you are not open to the possibilities. Remember, it’s your life, and you’re the author. Take back what’s yours.