“If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.” Orson Wells
There are all kinds of endings. It could be a two-year law suit. Maybe a tumultuous relationship. It could be your job. Perhaps the loss of a pet. Of course, “the end is near” has a more ominous ring to it. Some kind of Apocalyptic event that will wipe out mankind is approaching.
“What do you think of when you see this?”
When I was going to Columbia, I would sometimes see people on the streets of New York with a sandwich board like Homer’s above. I was becoming a psychologist in those days and thought those people were crazy. I still do today! Although if I saw someone with that sandwich board walking down an empty hall in a shopping mall, I might have a different opinion.
Why is it important to master your stories? The interpretations we make about what we experience shape our lives. You know I love to say, “The map is not the territory.” The magic soup between the instant our senses take in something, and we attempt to make sense of it, determines what kind of a life we will lead. We can keep track of three depressing things that happened today, or we can keep track of three things to be grateful for today. The difference over a lifetime is one of dysthymia vs. well-being. The end is near also means a new beginning is just around the corner.