THE STORY WE tell and the

character  that we cast for ourselves within our

plotline play a role in how we behave in the world.

Sometimes we tell the story that we are a victim, and so

we tend to respond to our world as if it is a vast conspiracy

hell-bent on knocking us down. Sometimes we tell the story that

we are kind and giving, and we respond to the world with open-armed

generosity. Neither story is right or wrong, and any story may open us to love

or to hurt. In the rooms of our psyche we have a whole collection of masks that we

may wear depending on the company we are in, on our mood, on the circumstances of

      life, on how much sun is breaking through today‚Äôs clouds.