WRITING TIP: Conquer fear and despair with a story

freewritingWe can forget that a series of events is just that — the story is the meaning that we make out of those events. When we do that unconsciously, the stories created from public and private difficulties can create fear and despair. But if we take conscious charge of our stories and reflect on them in accordance with our deepest values, then out of the same series of events, we can make a story that conquers fear and despair and opens our hearts wider. This is the power of writing about our lives and about all the things in the world that trouble us.