Frey Freyday – Story

(Frey Freyday is simply a bunch of inspirational, motivational and other quotes meant to make you think, reflect, smile, even laugh a bit. Hopefully helpful, useful stuff….)

sto·ry-[ˈstôrē]-NOUN stories (plural noun) an account of imaginary or real people and events told for entertainment: ALSO: an account of past events in someone’s life or in the evolution of something:

Authenticity is everything! You have to wake up every day and look in the mirror, and you want to be proud of the person who’s looking back at you. And you can only do that if you’re being honest with yourself and being a person of high character. You have an opportunity every single day to write that story of your life. Aaron Rodgers

Technology can be our best friend, and technology can also be the biggest party pooper of our lives. It interrupts our own story, interrupts our ability to have a thought or a daydream, to imagine something wonderful, because we’re too busy bridging the walk from the cafeteria back to the office on the cell phone. Steven Spielberg

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. Maya Angelou

Every human is an artist. And this is the main art that we have: the creation of our story. Don Miguel Ruiz

Don’t forget, you are the hero of your own story. Greg Boyle


Story – something we tell ourselves and others. Something we tend to believe is true, regardless of the facts.

When you think of a story, it immediately paints a picture in you mind.

If it is a good story, you can feel the emotions, smell things, sense different things.

Good or bad, stories are very powerful. Stories emotionalize information.

So there are our internal stories…the stories we tell ourselves and others. These stories can be helpful, empowering, or totally the opposite. Sometimes we aren’t aware of the story we’re in, sometimes we’re comfortable where we are.

For instance, and I’ve discussed this before, one year I lost both parents in a short time frame. My wife lost three relatives, too. We lost 5 great people in one year – and I was unemployed! It was a tough year!

I told that story to others and it became ‘my story’. It was all true but guess what, that story did not help me or empower me in any way. It is true that sometimes we have to be aware of where we are in life and we have to accept it, but if we keep telling ourselves the same old story, we won’t grow, progress, or move on…..

I kept telling myself a similar story for much too long. I was in an emotional hole and I couldn’t get out. After a while, I could see that people didn’t react well to that story – sure they felt sorry for me and cared, many were quite kind but it wasn’t healthy and I wasn’t someone that many people wanted to ‘hang with’ or work with…..I literally had to abandon that story and create a new one. Quite frankly, my story was partially ‘pretend’ at first – in some ways I did have to fake it until I made it.

By the way, my new story included being happy regardless of what happened in life, and trying to be kinder, mostly by volunteering and contributing more. I must tell you that these aspects really helped me in my life and career in that next phase.

Our stories determine our perspective, our focus, our motivations, and many factors in our lives.

Our story is basically our identity – but it can also be who we want to be.

Never underestimate the power of your story.

Frey Freyday was actually born out of something I created called “Words To Live By” (WTLB). Going forward, I will now not only share the quotes, as you may be used to receiving, but also a related (WTLB). In 1999, when we had our first daughter, I was contemplating how I would raise my new beautiful child, and I was thinking about how I can best educate her and my other children about values, morals, and other key thoughts about life. School offers education. Religion offers some values and morals. Parents offer most of it, sometimes intentionally, sometimes accidentally.

So I created a (WTLB) book, like a dictionary, which lists things like honesty, love, persistence, etc. with a definition that I created, with my wife’s input. I then turned it into a workbook with one word per page and space below for notes. For years we would discuss with my two daughters and they would draw pictures and make notes in the blank space. I may share some of those images with you. As they got older, they were less inclined to draw and more open to quotes and references from adults, hence where Frey Freyday came from….

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