what are the subplots of your life?


“Throughout life, we constantly narrate, or commentate on, everything we do, say, see, touch, smell, taste, and hear. As natural story tellers, we continuously keep the plot moving forward, sometimes missing millions of subplots that are developing on their own. It is like taking a sip of wine and saying, “It’s a bit dry; it has definitely aged well, but I can taste the bark. I’ve had better.” Instead of simply experiencing the joy and flavors of the wine, we are analyzing the flavor, trying to break it down and fit it into a context and a language we already know. In doing this, we miss out on much of the actual experience. This is a simple example of how we narrate life–explaining it, but more importantly justifying and judging it. Instead of taking it for what it is, we create a story to make it fit our beliefs.”

-don Miguel Ruiz Jr. from The Five Levels of Attachment

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