Once upon a time they lived happily ever after.

Living happily ever after is our birthright, not a naive childish pursuit.

Living in harmony within our own skin regardless of whether we are single or in a relationship is the biggest lifetime assignment we all get given.

We are never too old for STORYTELLERS and their fairy tales. Actually the older we get the more important inspirational fairytales (which mostly come packaged as movies in our era) become.

Some of us pay big bucks to hear our heart’s favourite style of professional STORYTELLERS. Comedians tell us funny short STORIES like Billy Connolly or the late Joan Rivers. Others prefer to hear their STORIES sung (which is simply a lullaby format). So we line up and cough up our cashola for tickets to U2, Bruce Springsteen or Cher. Then there are those of us that like their fairytales spoken by great orators like the Anthony Robbins and Oprah Winfreys of the world. Whatever and however, we select our STORYTELLERS they ensure we remain teachable and keep our heart’s hope well massaged.

After nourishment, shelter and companionship, STORIES are the next most important element for human survival.

In our Western world for many of us who have lost or never had wise STORYTELLING elders, we pay for mentors and “therapists” (Latin word translates to mean “attendant to the soul”). These emotional surrogates educate us with their professional STORYTELLING skills. They help our heart rekindle hope and strengthen our desire to continue on, so we can claim our “happily ever after” birthright too.

Steven Spielberg, one of this generation’s most successful STORYTELLER’S explains …

“People have forgotten how to TELL a STORY. Great STORIES do not have a middle or an end. They need to have a beginning, that never stops beginning”

At midlife most of us, as the breeding chapters come to a close, need to believe in, more than ever, new beginnings. Many of us need elders to remind us not to give up on love and our “happily ever after” birthright.

It becomes a great deal more challenging for some of us to continue to believe in our heart’s love STORY than it was in our 20s. The heart gets battle weary for many of us,when it seems we have endured more tragic endings than exciting new beginnings.

The words “the best is yet to come” have been massaged into my fatigued heart by wise elders, authors, therapists and my darling husband, who are my heart’s chosen STORYTELLERS.

That line “the best is yet to come” is one of my all-time favourite phrases.

I have also heard throughout the years when I have wondered why so much shit went down in my childhood that …

“Great STORIES happen to those that can and will TELL them”

Every one of my close friends and clients has an amazing STORY. I believe we all do. Some of us choose to share our heart’s STORIES with the world, some choose to just tell one or a few people. What is most important for our emotional wellbeing individually and collectively is that our heart’s full and unedited STORY is told to someone, somewhere, sometime.

It has been said to me also throughout my recovery that …

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold STORY inside of us”

The older we get, the heavier on our heart the unsaid STORIES become. The Dalai Lama, one of this planet’s greatest spiritual STORYTELLER’S reminds us that …

“The planet does not need more successful people. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, STORYTELLERS and lovers of all kinds”

If we do choose to make a stand and share our STORY in an empowering way, I can speak from personal experience with my hand on my heart, not only will doing so heal us, our STORY will also heal somebody else who thought they were alone in this journey.

The one thing we do have in common as human beings that the Dalai Lama also reminds us of is that …

“We are all alone, together”

So perhaps it’s worth considering how you feel about your journey towards your “happily ever after” birthright, are you on or off track?

And who do you confide in with your heart’s STORIES?

Who do we allow to know about all about our heart’s unedited travels thus far?

If I can offer one last suggestion it would be to deliberately choose to be the hero or heroine of your own life story, not the enslaved victim. Primarily because our STORY is what we leave behind for the younger generation looking to us to see how to create their “happily ever after.”

Lotsa love Cynthia xxx

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Cynthia Morton

Managing Director

Cynthia Morton is a bestselling Author, Blogger, Speaker and Founder of the multi award winning Emotional Fitness Program.