Personal Development

How new stories are written

22 September 2018

“Songs end. Movies end. Even flowers and plants die after every season. So, stories also end. It’s just how things are.”

For a moment the woman paused and studied the girl in front of her. With her head sunken between her shoulders she appeared much smaller and more vulnerable than when she walked into her room half an hour ago. She didn’t mean to sound so indifferent, but you know… Why sugarcoat things when we’d be much better off facing reality and accepting the truth.

“But that doesn’t mean it’s definite” she continued, trying to encourage her. “You can always start a new story. You just have to find the words.”

Suddenly the girl lifted her head and scowled at the woman, her eyes now filled with tears.

“I know words”, she replied. Her razor sharp voice echoed through the room.

“I know about pain and betrayal, about falling down and trying to get up again, about lies and illusion, about regret and tears. You see, I know all the words about darkness but I don’t know any words about light. How can I write myself a new story if I don’t know any of these words?”

The woman smiled.

“Nobody is born with a full set of words. We learn them along the way. Just start. Start with the first word that makes you feel good. The one that resonates with everything you are, the one that warms your heart. Then, step by step you will discover the other ones. That’s how new stories are written.”


Credits featured image: Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash


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Sensitief zijn en je emoties voelen is sterk en positief. Maar in onze samenleving vinden wij vaak het tegenovergestelde. Al lange tijd slaan we de plank volledig mis. We komen er steeds meer achter dat niet voelen en niet over je gevoelens praten juist voor problemen als stress, depressies en ongezonde keuzes zorgt. En dat sensitief zijn een sterke eigenschap is waar we veel meer mee kunnen. Door mijn verhalen te delen wil ik je laten zien dat sensitief zijn en je lastige emoties aangaan zoveel sterker is dan niet voelen en dat we als sensitief mens (wat we allemaal zijn) gewoon mogen Zijn.

About me
Being sensitive and feeling your emotions is powerful and positive. But for centuries we’re thinking quite the opposite. We’ve been wrong all this time. We are starting to understand that not feeling and avoiding to talk about our feelings is what is causing our problems (stress, depression, unhealthy choices). We now also know that being sensitive is more than emotions and that it’s a quality that can help us in many more ways. By sharing my own stories I’d love to show you that being sensitive and feeling your difficult emotions is much stronger than not feeling at all and that as a sensitive being (which we all are) we can just Be.
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