You're writing a story that you
may not know how to fully tell. It's a very personal story with its
own history and language. It's highly visible to others but often
not to you. As Loren Eiseley observed in The Unexpected Universe,
"Reality has a way of hiding from even its most gifted
It's a story that you talk about
every day, think about several times a day. It is remarkably simple
yet intricately complex. This story has an internal and external
dialogue, a secret language, and encrypted messages.
It's complicated because some
important aspects are emotional, unspoken, and even unconscious.
This story is about the longest
relationship you'll have in your life. Your parents discussed it
before you arrived; people will deliberate it after you die. Maybe
you'll get ten years out of a car, perhaps fifty with a spouse, but
this story you can never stop writing or living. You can't break up
with it, run away from it, or coax into loving you more.
Even though it's unexamined and
elusive--you orient life decisions around it.
When I spoke with a well-known
self-help guru, his response was, "You know, Dave, I don't know
how to tell this story to myself in order to know what to change."
You alone determine the genre: fiction or nonfiction; tragedy or
triumph. The story tells most about the teller.
This story ghostwrites every
aspect of your life story. From what you eat and drink, to what you
plan and play. Health, recreation, stresses—even the water you
drink—are all impacted. At times you've used this story to
regulate your moods, increase self-esteem, influence others, or to
soothe emotional pains.
The villain or hero is the most
popular legal substance to all people of the world.
It speaks to you. You speak with
It's your money.
Your money story is not your
income, assets, expenses, or debt—it's your relationship
with money. It's
how you use money in storylines of what money means to you, says
about you, and what you say with it.
And, how you live this story
will be what you teach your children, your clients, your important