Stories provide so much more than simple entertainment. They offer relief, respite and safe experiences. Stories propose alternative perspectives and unlock secret worlds. This is why stories are important in our lives. The key is to approach them both mindfully and critically. The reward is greater insight and awareness. Recently I watched the movie Take the Lead staring Antonio Banderas and based on the true story of Pierre Dulaine. This inspirational teacher recognised that in learning how to dance (ballroom), individuals also learn teamwork, dignity and respect.
My favourite part in the clip below occurs when Dulaine (Banderas) explains, “The man proposes the step and it is the women’s choice to accept” Here, simply put, is the idea that we make our own choices. Understanding this concept is one of the most important steps in moving from a ‘victim’ mentality to position of strength.
In most instances when you make the decision to take the lead, you also recognise the need to accept personal responsibility. In fact, it could be suggested that an important aspect of developing a secure sense of Self involves, taking the lead, taking charge and accepting that we are accountable for our own actions. This point is clearly conveyed in the movie. Don’t just take my word for it, watch the movie and see what you think. Remember, although you watch the movie to enjoy it, you can also digest its power.
Stories have the power to inspire, motivate and create magic, but you need to make the choice, to consciously feel the energy.