“It’s my story and I’m sticking to it!” My life story is a history of justified emotions I’ve attached to my thoughts and actions through time. I defend any story that adds to the importance of my story.
My story presents a linear timeline that directs my imagination to access a string of memories. Those memories I choose to access validate and support my present emotional experience.
My beliefs hold my perceptions of time and emotions as universal truths, giving authority to my story. There’s a paradox. Although my emotions feel tied to time, they don’t exist there. For example, time flies when you’re having fun and seems to drag when you’re feeling sad. Emotion affects the perception of time.
I have justified my story by association
My story is more than a series of random experiences connected by time and emotions. I use certain emotional parts of my story in conjunction with other emotional parts to validate one another and increase my belief in my truth – justified.
I edit and revise my story to re-convince myself that my truths haven’t changed, only the challenges to my truths. My associations of experience as repeats of the same experience keep me believing, “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” – author unknown
My story is justified because –
- I rely upon the authority of the past to defend my present.
- current events can only be referenced by the past.
- life must be justified by a story.
- the story of my life is holding me in a reality I wish to move past.
- my past beliefs become more important than my present.
- I believe it.