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Storytelling.

Polo REO Tate
Polo REO Tate Author of DEEP DARK BLUE, Actor, Artist, Athlete.
1y Story
Storytelling.

I passed by a woman sitting on the street yesterday. I have seen her set up her blanket every week for months in same spot. Her skin has been pummeled by the sun, her clothes tattered by the street, and a pained expression carved into her face. Like every day, she was holding her cardboard sign with her message of circumstance written in pen. There were at least three pen marks per letter, some a different color, that scratched her message into the cardboard sign; her anthem. From her seemingly practiced pattern, it might as well have been etched in stone. 

As I bent down to put money in her jar—my weekly ritual—I thought about the stories that we tell. The stories that we tell ourselves, like, “just wait till I lose that ten pounds, then I’ll finally be able to start dating again,” or “nobody in my family goes to college—why should I try?” or even, “yeah right, like I can afford that!” All of these are stories that we have etched onto our cardboard signs, and carried with us all day, every day. They have become patterns of belief that do nothing but restrict us to living exactly what we’ve written; restrict our potential to the confines of a nine-by-thirteen piece of emotional cardboard.   

People talk about how we are living the “movie of our lives.” It is true. And if we don’t write the script, then someone else will. And I guarantee if you let someone else script the story of your life, they are writing themselves into the starring role. So, don’t cast yourself as a supporting character in your own life. Don’t limit yourself to cameos that just enter during holidays, or vacations, because you want to escape your daily life. You are a star. The star. And you should be treated as such, paid as such, and end up with a full heart, an open spirit and a transformed soul by the time the credits role. 

Put one thing on your “to do” list that is solely for you—that is something you have wanted to pursue, to learn, to experience or to make. Do it. Do it because it’s your movie. You deserve to tell yourself a good story. A loving story. A story of triumph. And if you don’t give yourself all the good lines, then you have given someone else power over you. You have made others the producer, director and editor of your own film. And no one else should determine or affect your character.

The bottom line is: If you want to know what’s going to happen next in your life...script it. Create it.

It’s your movie…

And…ACTION!


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  • Bethany Heinrich
    Bethany Heinrich Mogul Influencer
    1y ago New York, NY, United States

    This is such an awesome, true read @Jessica Lipps @Mica Trinidad @[email protected] 

    This is such an awesome, true read @Jessica Lipps @Mica Trinidad @[email protected] 

  • Bethany Heinrich
    Bethany Heinrich Mogul Influencer
    1y ago New York, NY, United States

    You are so right @Polo what's your advice to someone if they feel like they are caught in a bad situation and feel stuck, but don't know how to shift gears? 

    You are so right @Polo what's your advice to someone if they feel like they are caught in a bad situation and feel stuck, but don't know how to shift gears? 

    • Polo REO Tate
      Polo REO Tate Author of DEEP DARK BLUE, Actor, Artist, Athlete.
      1y ago

      Thank you for your question, @Bethany Heinrich. We have all found ourselves in a rut at some point in our lives...some even as deep as the Grand Canyon (been there! Hence my book, Deep Dark Blue :) wowza), and the most important first step is to ACKNOWLEDGE WHERE YOU ARE. To say to yourself, ugh. I feel horrible. I feel stuck, and unfulfilled and fearful and emotionally and/or physically, monetarily bankrupt. I feel sad, and in pain, etc. Whatever feelings you can identify in that moment, you are doing the BEST THING YOU CAN DO, first. Like a GPS navigation system, it is not possible to get where you want to go, without entering in your starting coordinates...without knowing where you are to start with. Once you identify that, you are ready to declare where you want to go. What is your dream? What is your goal? What do you really really want?? THAT is your destination coordinate. And NOW, you and the universe can reveal the routes to get you to your destination. Just like Google maps, pick the route with the least amount of emotional "traffic," the route with the fewest bouts of "construction," the route that seems quickest and easiest to navigate. And then TAKE THE FIRST STEP in that direction. All you have to do is move forward. Reach for a better feeling thought, start momentum in the direction of your desire...life's Google Maps will "recalculate" and course-correct accordingly. Have faith that you are supported, and the people that can best help you, will absolutely find you, once you have made the decision to move along your path. People respond to passion. If you are in pursuit of your dreams, people want to be a part of that...badly. It is contagious.

       
      1. Acknowledge where you are, and how you feel.
      2. Decide where you want to end up, what you really really want.
      3. Take the first step along the path of least resistance to your deepest desired destination.

      So, "Start your route"! and I will be here to cheer you on...If life happens along the journey, not solely at your destination, then you cannot pick an incorrect first step in pursuit of your deepest desires. 
      Just. Move

      I will be writing more on this, so stay tuned!

      Thank you for your question, @Bethany Heinrich. We have all found ourselves in a rut at some point in our lives...some even as deep as the Grand Canyon (been there! Hence my book, Deep Dark Blue :) wowza), and the most important first step is to ACKNOWLEDGE WHERE YOU ARE. To say to yourself, ugh. I feel horrible. I feel stuck, and unfulfilled and fearful and emotionally and/or physically, monetarily bankrupt. I feel sad, and in pain, etc. Whatever feelings you can identify in that moment, you are doing the BEST THING YOU CAN DO, first. Like a GPS navigation system, it is not possible to get where you want to go, without entering in your starting coordinates...without knowing where you are to start with. Once you identify that, you are ready to declare where you want to go. What is your dream? What is your goal? What do you really really want?? THAT is your destination coordinate. And NOW, you and the universe can reveal the routes to get you to your destination. Just like Google maps, pick the route with the least amount of emotional "traffic," the route with the fewest bouts of "construction," the route that seems quickest and easiest to navigate. And then TAKE THE FIRST STEP in that direction. All you have to do is move forward. Reach for a better feeling thought, start momentum in the direction of your desire...life's Google Maps will "recalculate" and course-correct accordingly. Have faith that you are supported, and the people that can best help you, will absolutely find you, once you have made the decision to move along your path. People respond to passion. If you are in pursuit of your dreams, people want to be a part of that...badly. It is contagious.

       
      1. Acknowledge where you are, and how you feel.
      2. Decide where you want to end up, what you really really want.
      3. Take the first step along the path of least resistance to your deepest desired destination.

      So, "Start your route"! and I will be here to cheer you on...If life happens along the journey, not solely at your destination, then you cannot pick an incorrect first step in pursuit of your deepest desires. 
      Just. Move

      I will be writing more on this, so stay tuned!

      • Bethany Heinrich
        Bethany Heinrich Mogul Influencer
        1y ago New York, NY, United States

        This advice is AMAZING @Polo . I love how you advise to 'just move'. It reminds me of one of my favorite quotes "Get action"

        This advice is AMAZING @Polo . I love how you advise to 'just move'. It reminds me of one of my favorite quotes "Get action"


Polo REO Tate
Author of DEEP DARK BLUE, Actor, Artist, Athlete.

Polo REO Tate was born in Lansing, Michigan, where her family has deep ties to the community. Her Great Great Grandfather was Ransom Eli Olds (R.E. Olds), a pioneer and prolific inventor most notably responsible for inventing the first internal combustion automobile—the Oldsmobile. Growing up, [...]

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