We all have our own life story. Our story is filled with relationships and events that help shape who we are and what we believe to be true about the world. 

Depending on our perspective and willingness to grow, our experiences can become fodder for negativity and feelings of victimization, or they can fuel a life of empowerment and continued self-development. Depending on the story we tell ourselves about what happened/happens is what makes the difference.   

Take a moment to look at the life story you create for yourself on an ongoing basis. If you generally feel peaceful about the past and trust in your ability to handle whatever comes your way, then you're framing circumstances in a manner that serves you well. On the other hand, if you retain a lot of guilt or resentment and often feel weighed down by life, you may want to start looking in a new or deeper way at past and present events. 

No matter who the characters are in your story or what they have done, you are the only one who can give their actions the meaning they will have for you. You are the only one who can define what role you will play in your own life. By taking responsibility for your story, you are able to learn and grow, forgive and find compassion, and most importantly, move into a brighter future.  

From now on, you can choose a life story that supports you. Let it be proof of your own resilience and creativity. Be kind with the roles you give yourself and generous with how many chances you get to learn what you need to know. When you remember that you are the author of your own story, you are free to create a masterpiece.