You Have The Power To Change Your Story
“Mommy, can we watch Super Why?”
My half-dressed son with his cheesy grin pulls himself up on my lap and hands me the remote.
Another early morning and another immediate request. He knows this show is an easy “yes” for me because it always has an educational storyline, so his innocent manipulation works. The television turns on and the show fades into the background as I turn the kettle on.
“Mommy, I’m thirsty. Can I have some water?
Another request. But since I’m right by the sink, I fill up his sippy and bring it to him. Entering the room this time, I overhear a quote from the show:“Super Why to the rescue! With the power to read, I can change this story and save the day!”
I start to pay closer attention to the screen. The storyline that plays out in front of me is one of problem-solving. Whyatt, the main character, jumps into storybooks and helps the other characters change their stories. He talks about having the power to change!
“YES! I LOVE this!” I yell out in response, and my son gives me a strange look. He gives his attention back to the television as he’s used to my frequent interruptions. Evelyn makes her way down the stairs, and I wrap my arms around her. I rewind the show and play her the scene I want to highlight. As we watch more, I see this quote is in every episode. (YAY!)
My “life lessons” spiel begins; this time we talk about choices. You see, we all have the power to choose better for ourselves and to choose alternative solutions when we aren’t happy with the way our life looks. I gave a few examples to her, and then we moved on.
Later that morning, we got dressed to start the day. When I was putting my daughter’s shirt over her gangly arms, I noticed it said “Be kind to the world.” Because her curious mind is always asking for me to read to her, I read the quote aloud.
“Mommy, maybe I can change the story and say ‘I will be kind.”
SHE GOT IT! She’s changing the story! Sure, the story didn’t necessarily NEED changed this time, but she got the idea.
How would our lives be impacted if we changed our story?
We have the power!
Are you tired of being overwhelmed?
Change the story.
Are you tired of feeling stuck?
Change the story.
Yes, it’s not easy. And the story normally feels uncomfortable and more difficult before it ever gets better, but that’s because the changes we make are formulating a new normal and takes us time to adapt.
Tell me in the comments, how do YOU plan to change YOUR story?