With all the wonder and splendor that is The Wizard of Oz, in all the mystique of flying monkeys and magic shoes, it’s easy to forget some of the most important parts of the story.
Dorothy wound up in Oz because she ran away to escape her problems. She was looking for that perfect “somewhere over the rainbow.” A place where things went the way she wanted. Where she didn’t have to fear mean old neighbors or, as the story moved on, wicked witches.
But there are always fears. There will always be apple-throwing trees meant to discourage us or fields of flowers designed to put us to sleep. There will be billowing voices and final requests as impossible as securing the brooms of our enemies. And on more than one occasion, we will often find ourselves staring at an hourglass. . . wondering where the time has gone . . . and if there is enough left.
Make no mistake, there will always be writing across the sky beckoning us to surrender.
We cannot escape these fears.
What we can do . . . is choose what to do in the face of them. We can choose the stories we tell ourselves. Yes. Changing your life is as simple as choosing better stories to tell yourself. That’s it.
It’s simple, yes, but not easy.
What happens when you learn to Choose Your Story?
You have been going through life with the framework that an event happens, you respond to that event, and then there is a result.
What actually happens is that between the event and the response, something happens within you.
It is an invisible barrier to achieving whatever it is you seek.