Changing the Story

Greenwich Village, NYC, October 2018

Greenwich Village, NYC, October 2018

If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.
— Orson Welles

Every story is framed.

There’s no truth outside of the lens through which we record it. And there’s no truth we attach to more fully than narrative.

I spent time in New York City this week working on a creative project. I love the energy of the city, the diversity, the nightlife, the endless options, the stories.

As Thich Nhat Hanh says, “Consciously choosing what and who you surround yourself with is among the keys to finding more space for joy.”

And all of it brought me joy.

While I could live without the fine dining and array of shopping options, I am insatiably drawn to the people. What I appreciate most is talking to a diversity of people who are engaged with the world in different ways than I am, who aren’t calcified in who they are, but still open to dialogue and to change.

I enjoy engaging with people who think they could be wrong, and who make me question whether I’m right.

As I prepare for new opportunities in my career and personal life, I want to remain soft and open to uncertainty.

I want to change my mind.

I want to step out of my story.

It’s an honor to spend time with people who help me do that.

Michelle Dowd