Gert Scholtz

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Narrative

Narrative

Once upon a time there was a narrative. It came along when we were born and neatly nestled itself in our mind - as yet blank and looking upon the world and the people around us. It started only with our genetic imprint but then slowly, as we took in images and experiences it grew to our own story - the evolving story of our life and our place in the world.

This story is not yet finished, not yet complete, not yet fully told. Because the narrative is at once actual and chimera. At once realistic and wishful. Truth and untruth. We look and listen to what happens and then store it in our mind. Never a perfect recollection. At times vague, often embellished. 

The narrative plays a trick. It looks at what unfolds, takes a view and tells us the story we prefer. We look back at the events and somewhere between realism, perception, and fiction, we mold it into something that suits us. We edit, select, and shape the story of our life to one we choose to live with within our subjective prism of plausibility. 

The narrative also takes our story into the future and overlays it with what we hope will happen. Today's events and yesterdays memories are projected onto the dreams and expectations we paint on the canvas of the future. The future is a yet a tale untold and unformed but outlined by the plot of our written chapters. 

We link moments, fragments, awareness and experiences and create the story of ourself, to ourself. And if our narrative does it well, if it finds some grounding, finds meaning in its telling, coherence in itself, connection with others, and finds a personal purpose however transient - it shall live quite happily ever after.


With thanks to and inspired by Ian Weinberg in his post A Tall Story.


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Julio Angel 🐝Lopez Lopez

3 years ago #26

;-))

Gert Scholtz

3 years ago #25

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Tausif Mundrawala Thank you Tausif. I think this sentence of your is wonderful: "With each moment we are writing a word which would form into sentence and later on a great story."

Gert Scholtz

3 years ago #24

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Bill Stankiewicz, \ud83d\udc1d Brand Ambassador Thank you Bill.

Cool 👍👍👍

Gert Scholtz

3 years ago #22

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Cyndi wilkins Glad you enjoyed the carpet ride Cyndi - many thanks for reading. Our own story is indeed the biggest one we will ever tell - if only to ourself.

Gert Scholtz

3 years ago #21

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Lisa Vanderburg Whimsical, wistful, wishes, wonts and wants - our story in five words - beautifully said Lisa, thank you.

Gert Scholtz

3 years ago #20

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Pascal Derrien Glad you like the story Pascal. Thank you for sharing. To each his own story and truth!

Gert Scholtz

3 years ago #19

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Nandita De Thank you very much Nandita.

Gert Scholtz

3 years ago #18

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Franci\ud83d\udc1dEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador I wonder now how the phrase" happily ever before" will sound in a story. Thanks for the comment and for sharing Franci.

Gert Scholtz

3 years ago #17

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Jerry Fletcher Thanks for the kind words Jerry. That's a catchy way you state it: "Looking forward to tomorrow's memories".

Cyndi wilkins

3 years ago #16

The most profound story we will ever tell is of the self...everything else is just a dream... Love this one Gert Scholtz...It sorta took me on a magic carpet ride;-)

Lisa Vanderburg

3 years ago #15

A delightful piece of wistful and whimsical, or wishes and dreams, of wonts and wants.....delicious Gert Scholtz

Pascal Derrien

3 years ago #14

I like posts who star with once upon a time and this one is no exception. To the story tellers their prisms and their interpretation of the truth :-) Gert Scholtz

Very nice, Gert Scholtz. A happily ever after buzz! :)

Jerry Fletcher

3 years ago #12

Gert, You have a beautiful mind. you make me look forward to tomorrows memories.

Gert Scholtz

3 years ago #11

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Phil Friedman Thank you Phil for the encouraging words - highly appreciated. I shall go forth then in Shakesperian heartiness!

Gert Scholtz

3 years ago #10

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Phil Friedman Your words are very encouraging and received with appreciation. Thank you Phil. I shall go forth in Shakesperian heartiness!

Gert Scholtz

3 years ago #9

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Ian Weinberg Not only your Tall Story, but all your posts have inspired my thinking. Many thanks for that, Ian.

Gert Scholtz

3 years ago #8

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Randall Burns Dankie Randall and thank you VDS, I mean thanks Randall and dankie VDS!

Gert Scholtz

3 years ago #7

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Ken Boddie Thanks Ken! I guess one can say if there are too many cooks in our head it may spoil the broth.

Gert Scholtz

3 years ago #6

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Debasish Majumder Thank you for your continued sharing of my posts Debasish - much appreciated.

Randall Burns

3 years ago #5

Great piece! Gert Scholtz Inspiring indeed

Phil Friedman

3 years ago #4

Nice, Gert Scholtz, very nice. Deserving of becoming a soliloquy on a Shakespearian stage. Be cheerful and go forth with a brave and strong heart, my good friend!

Ken Boddie

3 years ago #3

Bravo, Gert. A tale of profundities. The plot thickens as we brew our stew of life’s cordon bleu, striving to keep the menu tasty rather than toxic. And how many hurdles must we jump on our race to happy ever after? And shall we know when we’re standing on the winner’s podium?

Ian Weinberg

3 years ago #2

A profound piece of neuropsychology Gert Scholtz - honored to be mentioned here. Dankie nogmaals, Oom!

Debasish Majumder

3 years ago #1

nice buzz Gert Scholtz! enjoyed read and shared. thank you for the buzz.

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