The Power of Telling Stories

Who or What Do We Allow to Define Us?

The Greek myth of “Procrustes and his bed” is a story worth telling.  The myth goes as follows: On the road to Athens, the center of all commerce, politics, and art in ancient Greece, a person had to pass by Procrustes and his bed. Procrustes would place the person on the bed and cut off any part that did not fit his expectations. Now, when a person was too short for his bed, he would stretch them until they did fit. He would continue the process of adjusting them until they finally  fit all of his expectations. The myth  demonstrates what happens when we allow external forces to define us.
We cut off, stretch out, and bury important and powerful parts of our self. The practice of giving away our power takes root. We morph into a reactor. Our proactive and creative problem solving skills dry up. We abandon our right to determine and shape the course of our destiny. Eventually a further shift occurs  as our index finger continually points to others as the primary source for all that occurs in our life good and bad. It is just that simple………

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