I love good stories.
Some of my favorite past times include snuggling up with a well-worn novel or hiding behind a bowl of popcorn during a suspenseful (or Disney) movie. I love getting lost in a story… falling for the handsome stranger… holding my breath when the Villain appears…laughing at crazy antics…crying over loss. I love the twists and turns of a well-told story.
One thing I’ve noticed over time is that many great stories have a commonality. They each have a moment where the music changes (well if it’s a movie… although I always hear music in my head… that’s another story) and the plot thickens. It’s usually at this moment that I scoot up in my chair a bit…leaning in…expectant to see what comes next. It’s usually at this moment that the lead character is facing dire straights with little to no hope in sight. They suffer a crippling blow. They lose love. They’re all alone.
Being the avid reader/movie watcher that I am, I know that this means one thing. The story is about to get good. I have enough trust in the writers to believe that they won’t end the story there. There has to be a turning point on the horizon. There just has to be.
This belief is in stark contrast to my go-to response when these types of things happen in my own life. Things get a little tough and instead of leaning in to see what happens next, my natural tendency is to throw in the towel and crawl back into bed… utterly convinced that nothing good could ever, ever, ever happen to me. Sound familiar?
What would happen if we approached challenging situations in our own lives with the same anticipation that we award Hollywood movies or New York Times’ bestsellers? We are, after all, the heroines of our own story. A story penned by the ultimate author. An author who not only knows adventure, but is the author of all suspense; not only knows romance, but is the author of all love; not only knows happy endings, but has sacrificed it all for happily ever after.
So what if in the moments when the past is gone and the future seems a blur; when you can’t see which way to go; when all seems lost, what if in those moments we each scooted up just a bit in our seats, leaned in and said…