What Myths Do You Use?
It's a seemingly innocuous question that can be frustrating difficult to answer — especially if you tend to view myths as "fantastic tales" that have little to no bearing on the realities of everyday life. Whether we realize it or not, however, the myths we tell others and ourselves can have a broad impact on the world around us.
Just to clarify, when I'm speaking about myth, I'm talking in terms of the "probable tales" that each and every one of us uses to navigate the intricacies of our daily activities. Some of these myths we create, while we invariable end up absorbing a wide range of myths from the individuals whose company we keep. Although few of us give it much thought, We are literally swimming in a sea of stories.
All of which begs the question, "What myths do you use?". Or, to put it another way, "How do you navigate throughout the world?". Are the stories you use helping or hurting? While it can be tempting to "blame others" for your misfortunes, do you realize that this too is another narrative - in other words a myth.
Since all myths are "probable tales", no matter what medium they are told in, they are inherently imperfect. Despite their imperfections, myths play a vital role in the way we interact with others as well as ourselves.
Some myths might encourage us to explore the world around us and all it has to offer, while others can inadvertently encourage us to overlook the very opportunities for learning and growth that we seek. Many of these limiting myths are "self-sealing" in that they discourage you from looking elsewhere for answers just by their inherent structure.
Before we delve into that (in the next episode), take a few minutes to contemplate this simple, yet serious question:
What myths do you use?