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“Do you want to get well?”

“Think about a coin flip. No matter how many times it’s flipped, the next flip is always random. Probability cannot be attached to a future flip based on the past. Your past is the same. Just because you failed at five relationships doesn’t mean your next will fail, especially if you learn from them! Just because you flipped burgers three hours ago doesn’t mean you can’t be a millionaire next year.” – M.J. DeMarco

What you and I call “reality” is only the story we’re currently telling. That story can change at any time and it’s entirely up to us because we’re the Editors in Chief of our own narrative.

The only factor that can prevent a better future from coming into view is our unwillingness to let go of the story we’ve become attached to.

Well-being? Haven’t you heard my story?

A man who had been disabled for 38 years was approached by Jesus and was asked the following question: “Do you want to get well?”

His reply:

“Absolutely, Jesus! There’s nothing I desire more.”

Not quite.

This was his actual reply:

“I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”

Rather than accept the invitation for wholeness with a resounding “yes”, he chose to repeat the story of victimization he’d grown accustomed to telling. He just couldn’t resist the temptation to rehash his life long problem of being pushed around. His story was true, but that wasn’t the point. His story, however fact-based it may have been, stood in the way of his ability to see the opportunity standing in front of him.

After so many years of being denied, it’s likely that he equated the story of his past with who he was as a person.

Fortunately, Jesus saw beyond the ailing man’s story of defeat and was able to restore him to a consciousness of well-being. The same freedom awaits all who strive to see through the eyes of Source.

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Every description we offer about our lives is the story we choose to tell at that particular moment.

Are we telling stories that bind us to our past and blind us to our possibilities?

It’s very easy to do. There are many benefits to being seen as one who suffers.

But there comes a time, in every deliberate creator’s life, when the decision must be made to reach for divine wholeness rather than human sympathy.

Being pitied by others may bring temporal relief, but it will never result in the sense of peace and personal power we all long for.

We must learn to tell stories that take us where we really want to be.

If you’re not skillful with words, no problem. A simple “yes” will suffice because, in every moment, the question remains the same:

“Do you want to get well?”

T.K. Coleman

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