Storybook Characters Endangered
Dr. Seuss, Mr. Potato Head, and Snow White sound off.
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 Category:  Self Improvement Non-Fiction
  Posted: April 11, 2019      Views: 165

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350 Words - Re-storying the Ending...
"Life Coaching - Re-Storying" by HealingMuse

Have you ever experienced something traumatic and later find that intrusive thoughts and images of this event are having a negative impact on your daily life activities as well as your dream state? 

If any of the above resonates with you, let’s explore one method of art therapy which can help you to transcend past hurtful events.  This method is called re-storying the ending, which should lend itself well to our community of writers.

Words can serve as a balm to our aching hearts and souls, and the sky is the limit on whatever ending(s) you choose for your stories.  Let’s begin by considering how fantasy-like our re-storied endings can be by watching a scenario play out together:

Sondra, the lady in our film, is in a car accident with her dear friend, Peter, who dies upon impact.  Sondra is devastated with grief and survivor’s guilt, even though the accident was not her fault.  Her therapist works with her to help her resolve her grief, then suggests Sondra get very creative about writing her story, including all of her emotional reactions, but with a different ending. 

Sondra returns the following week with two versions of her story, one in which the accident was a near miss, and one in which Peter still dies.  Sondra has crafted a beautiful ending in which Peter lives on in an alternate universe, a dimension which overlaps our own, so that Peter is still near her, living on and loving life, but in a world unseen to us. 

Sondra shares both endings with her therapist but emphatically states that, while the story in which Peter survives is a happier ending, the second one is more comforting because it is closer to the truth of what happened.  She still cannot pick up the phone and call Peter, but she can believe that he is continuing to live on in another dimension, and she finds this to be very comforting.

Some might say this is enabling denial, but I would refer to this as Sondra learning to live with her new reality.

Please remember to be gentle with yourself if you engage this process, and feel free to craft as many new endings as you wish.  Punctuation, grammar, and language don’t matter at all because this is only for your eyes, unless you care to share.



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Hi All,

Thanks for reading and reviewing this piece. I hope you see the possibilities here and find this to be useful information. Jan :-)
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