Emotional Muscle Memory
Other people’s stories – be they real or fiction or fantasy – are a KEY to unlocking something in ourselves.
Stories give us depth perception, and allow us to “feel” our own lives in ways that we sometimes can’t access in the everyday.
I haven’t read a fictional story in a long while, and this past holiday just finished listening to an audio book while working on various projects around my house – and the book itself isn’t the point behind my reflection, but it was a story based on real historical events, mirrored stories of real suffering ..
.. and it allowed me to access (and release) some emotion that I wasn’t unlocking in the course of my busyness, and helped me remember that much of what I consider “struggle” in MY world is infinitesimally SMALL compared to the “struggles” others face, and this was a valuable insight ..
Just because I took to heart someone else’s story.
So .. my “note to self” this morning ..
Don’t neglect taking other people’s stories to heart.
Not in an “all about me” way – It isn’t self-indulgent to nurture empathy and perspective and to build a kind of “emotional muscle memory” to rejoice with those who rejoice, and mourn with those who mourn! (Read Romans 12 (NKJV) if you have a moment, today. ❤ )
We DO all need “connection” and growth, and “depth perception” is critical for these things to flow naturally out of us. It’s almost as if that’s the way we’re made! On purpose! 😉