Every Story is Eligible For A Comeback
There’s that one scene in every great movie. You know the one I’m talking about. That scene where it looks like the hero is about to lose it all.
When George Bailey cries out to God in a drunken stupor, “I’m at the end of my rope.” When Luke Skywalker finds out that his is the only spaceship left in the attack against the Death Star. When Buzz Lightyear realizes that after all this time, he really is just an ordinary toy.We can all relate to those characters, especially Buzz.
We start out this life believing we’re capable of doing anything, that we’re invincible, that we can fly. Then life gives us a couple of dozen smacks across the face and we’re left struggling to believe if we ever possessed any value at all. Our disbelief opens the door wide open to fear who invites pain and struggle along for the party, initiating a cycle of pity party paralysis.
What’s interesting about each of the on screen scenarios is that in each case, the hero never makes it out of their sticky situation without the help of another person. Clarence jumps into the water to save George Bailey. Han Solo swoops in at the last second with the Millennium Falcon. And even a former enemy in the form of an old cowboy doll becomes Buzz’s biggest supporter and confidant.
Every one of our stories is eligible for a comeback.
If your story needs a comeback, cast out a lifeline. No it’s not sexy. Admitting you need help, that you are in fact, just an ordinary toy whose batteries are worn, never feels fun. It is however, the way most comebacks begin.
Or perhaps you’re living at the height of your story right now. Maybe it’s time to take a cue from Clarence, Han, and Woody and become someone’s liberator. We should all be looking to find ourselves in the process of rescue. Sometimes we’re the life preserver. Sometimes we’re the life.
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