Tool For Tuesday (And the New Year): Tell Yourself A Story


Tell yourself a story and make it a good one. You are the hero of this story. You set off on a journey. An adventure. A discovery. You face many obstacles. Dragons, dungeons, floods, fears. You have to walk through the fire…

You walk through the fire.

You are alone, lonely, scared, sinking, drowning, rowing against the rapids.

You are fighting flames, you are freezing cold, you have frostbite, the sun is burning a hole in your head.

You keep going.

You miss the people you love, you fall into a rut, a chasm, a black hole.

You climb out.

They keep pushing you down but you keep getting yourself back up.

You follow your heart. You hear your soul. You wait all night for the sun to come up.

You don’t think you will make it. You don’t have the armor, the special weapons, the courage.

You go on.

And then, one day–this day–you realize, you did it. You made it. You didn’t give in or give up.

You reached your goal. You did what you said you were going to do. You showed up for yourself.

The story ends. You are the hero of your life story.

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This is the story you can read to yourself over and over again. This is your life. This can be your best chapter.

About dianabletter

Diana Bletter is the author of several books, including The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women (with photographs by Lori Grinker), shortlisted for a National Jewish Book Award. Her novel, A Remarkable Kindness, (HarperCollins) was published in 2015. She is the First Prize Winner of Moment Magazine's 2019 Fiction Contest. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, tabletmag, Glamour, The Forward, The North American Review, Times of Israel, and is a reporter for Israel21C, and many other publications. She is author of Big Up Yourself: It's About Time You Like Being You and The Mom Who Took off On Her Motorcycle, a memoir of her 10,000-mile motorcycle trip to Alaska and back to New York. She lives in a small beach village in Western Galilee, Israel, with her husband and family. She is a member of the local hevra kadisha, the burial circle, and a Muslim-Jewish-Christian-Druze women's group in the nearby town of Akko. And, she likes snowboarding and climbing trees.
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2 Responses to Tool For Tuesday (And the New Year): Tell Yourself A Story

  1. You’re such a good storyteller, Diana. You make it sound possible!

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