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What Is Your Story?

“Since the end is never told we pay the teller off in gold, In hopes he will come back, but he cannot be bought or sold” Grateful Dead

Like every snowflake every life on this Earth is different and diverse. We all share our humanity but from there we branch off into billions of tangents. In fact every story is unique and worthy to be told. So I ask you what is your story? 

A lot of life is how we associate with the greater whole. How do you identify yourself? How do you connect with others? You see though we all share but one planet Earth we all look at it through different eyes. What you value also determines how successful you are.

There are fools galore filling the high positions of power. They have material wealth and a miserable life. The rich’s ego is on some rocket ship journey only to be brought crashing down upon death. Death you see is the great equalizer. It will humble the rich and it will humble the poor stripping everything from them except perhaps memory and of course your soul. We should live with death in mind for in that way we will cherish the experience.

You can see how far astray we as a society are when we recite our history books. Alexander the Great conquered the world. It is something that most people would accept as true. Unfortunately the statement is an outright lie. For  you see the truth is that the miserable ‘Alexander’ had quite a lot of help in his conquest. He had troops, generals, farmers growing food, weapons makers, etc. and on. Yet with our egotistic ‘western’ ways we feel quite comfortable on giving the man in charge all the glory. This despite that the statement is an absurdity and an outright lie.

You tell me who your heroes are and I’ll tell you what kind of person you are. For me most of my heroes met their deaths at the hands of the powers that be. Jesus, Joe Hill, John Lennon, Martin Luther King, the list is quite long. I admire people who sacrificed of themselves in order to improve the lot and position of the ordinary people. I find in studying people, who not only questioned, but also challenged authority, there is liberation.

In history of the United States we are introduced to the rich ‘robber barons’. The glorification of ruthless, greedy, selfish men is indicative of the United States today, where greed is applauded and power lusted for as if it was air itself. All we have to do is to look at the character of our President Donald Trump.

So I ask you, where do you fit in? I want you to know that mental illness is not necessarily a negative. People with mental illness have often rejected the status quo of things in general. We question the truths that we have been presented. It is a courageous thing to look at the world differently. To ask ‘Why are things this way?’ and to have dreams of a better world. It is easy to be silent and fall in line, it takes courage to go out on a limb. A troubled mind goes hand and hand with a trouble word. In fact if you aren’t troubled by the ways thing are going you need help.

The best part of this whole thing called life is that you have the power to change how it will turn out for you. Look at your life as a novel. What you have done are the chapters  you already have read. Now how do you want the story to end? Once you see the goal you can make real changes to head in the desired direction.

For poetic inspiration of people who strove to change the world please check out my book, “Poet To The Poor, Poems Of Hope For The Bottom One Percent”.




What Is Your Story?

John Kaniecki

John Kaniecki is a full-time caregiver for his wife Sylvia. He is a published writer and works with the Church of Christ. John has lived with bipolar for over thirty years and has been hospitalized nine times, three of which were committed. John has chronicled his life story in his memoirs "More Than The Madness". Also of note is John's book of poetry "Murmurings Of A Mad Man" which are poems written about being committed in Graystone Psychiatric Hospital. John believes in the power of words to change the world for the better. His website can be seen here. His books can be seen on Amazon. You can visit his personal blog "Turn A Page Or Two" here.

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APA Reference
Kaniecki, J. (2017). What Is Your Story?. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 22, 2018, from


Last updated: 21 Dec 2017
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 21 Dec 2017
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