I want to speak with you about the stories we tell ourselves, each and every moment of our lives, the stories that are our personal narrative.
When I say personal narrative, I mean the everyday interpretations of the world and imperatives of our life that come to us in our thoughts and feelings, when we are awake and even in our dreams. Included are all the important stories inside us, those that guide and shape our lives. This includes stories we are aware of and know well, even if we have not always fact-checked them. But our personal narrative also always includes the many stories told inside us that we do not know and may not hear, and that shape us nonetheless. For all of us, there are always parts of our personal narrative we are unaware of, storylines that influence our lives in ways we cannot see and sense.