If Your Life Is A Story, How Do You Make Sure It Has A Happy Ending?

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There’s a reason stories resonate so strongly. They reflect real life in profound and mysterious ways. They teach us about ourselves. They teach us how to live. It’s in fantasy that we find ourselves, that we discover the meaning of our existence. Is it any surprise then that your life should actually be the greatest story of all?

In the grand sweeping epic that is your life, you’re the main character. Your story is an account of your progress as you gradually develop into the man or woman you were created to be. It’s about your struggles, your victories, your failures, your desires, your hopes and your dreams.

Like all tales, yours has a beginning and an end. And perhaps it’s the ending that concerns you most of all. Who will you have become when the last page is turned? Will you be a hero or a villain? Will you have lived a life worth living? Will your story have a happy ending, or will it be a tragedy?

It’s up to you.

You have the power to be whatever you want to be. Life isn’t just something that happens to you. You might be a character, subject to the mandates of your story. But you’re also one of your story’s authors. The choices you make shape and mold you as a person.

Of course, circumstances beyond your control will always, to some degree, dictate the course your life will take. But your story isn’t about that. It’s about who you are. Who you are is determined not by the things that happen to you, but by how you respond to them. You choose whether to react to conflict with anger or patience. You choose whether to react to fear with courage or cowardice.

You might be one of the lucky few whom fortune and fate have favored in abundance. Or, your life might be a roiling cloud of doom and gloom. But it’s how you react to the cards you’re dealt that will determine the outcome of your story.

If you’ve been blessed with good fortune, will you share it with others who are less fortunate, or will you squander it on yourself? If you’ve been downtrodden and forced to suffer for most of your life, will you allow that experience to serve as the crucible in which the impurities of untested human nature are burned away, making you wise, empathetic and caring beyond your years, or will you allow yourself to be consumed by jealousy, bitterness and hate?

Your choices will determine whether you were the hero or the villain. Your choices will determine whether or not you lived a worthy life. Your choices will determine whether your story ends in happiness or tragedy.

In the end, there’s only one person responsible for the kind of ending your life’s story will assume: you. So make it a good one.

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Author: Jeff Coleman

Jeff Coleman is a writer who finds himself drawn to the dark and the mysterious, and to all the extraordinary things that regularly hide in the shadow of ordinary life.

14 thoughts on “If Your Life Is A Story, How Do You Make Sure It Has A Happy Ending?”

  1. Thank you for this article. A powerful reminder that we have a choice in how we react. This sentence, in particular, struck a deep chord inside me:
    “But your story isnโ€™t about that. Itโ€™s about who you are.”
    It is just sometimes so much easier to react negatively!!

  2. Hello Jeff! I liked this very much. Coincidentally I too posted on the topic of choice on my blog this morning! It’s easy to make choices given a pleasant landscape but not so when things are tough yet choice is always available regardless. Not making a choice is also one. Hope you’ll come by and visit my blog sometime. I’ve clicked following on yours so look forward to more!

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed it ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, I agree. Choices in the midst of favorable circumstances are much easier. The choice to not act is also a choice, one that I sometimes make (and usually regret later.)

  3. Good story this Jeff! I enjoyed the philosophy thought of both choice vs circumstances. I agree that in every situation, especially the tough ones which are much harder, there exists a choice. I’m going to follow your blog and hope you’ll come by and visit mine! All the best.

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