Only You Can Write Your Life’s Coming Attractions

previewsYou’re sitting low in the chair with a big box of popcorn, some Goobers, and a giant Dr. Pepper. The house lights dim, and the screen flickers. The “…preview approved for all audiences…” message flashes, and then the screen goes dark. A booming voice begins… “Coming in 2007 to a life near you – and this time it’s personal.

Every day we write the screenplay of our lives. As you imagine the coming attractions and the previews for your upcoming year, what do the stories tell? Like a good screenwriter and director, you have the option for rewrites, to make changes that will positively impact your story…

Scene 1: Breakfast

You’ve just received the memo that beginning in 2007, the Friday bagels in the break room will be day-old, to cut costs. Management feels that an incentive like break room bagels for Friday breakfast is important for office moral. But they have to cut costs. Bagels aren’t really considered fresh once they leave the store anyway, right?

The Rewrite

It’s 8:00 and the kids are off to school. You have a 9:30 conference call, so you take the extra time to whip yourself up one of your famous hot-n-spicy Western omelets. No in-person meetings today, so you’ve decided to “robe-it” all day. You grab another cup of coffee and sit down to plan out your strategy for your new account…

Scene 2: Lunch

Jimmy, the latest in a long line of “interim” managers, decides a working lunch would help get the team on track. As he drones on about “paradigms” (calling them PARA-di-Gums) you seriously consider taking his PDA with the laser pointer attachment and tossing it out the window. Or maybe eating it, since it would probably taste better than the “lunch” they had brought in from the cafeteria…

The Rewrite

You’re sitting across from your most important client. He laughs at all your jokes and looks at you like you’re the smartest person in the world. You’ve had a productive morning, and this lunch is perfect. The setting – your breakfast nook. The cuisine – peanut butter and jelly with a side of apple sauce. The client – your four-year old…

Writing Your Coming Attractions

As you preview your 2007 coming attractions, how will you write your story? You are the screenwriter and the director of your life. How you want your story to unfold is your decision.

As the year winds down, reflect on the movie thus far. Would you give it 5 stars? Take charge of your story and call for a rewrite. You’re the director – it’s your call.


This post is part of the ProBlogger Group Writing Project. Lot’s of great contributions to make for some interesting holiday reading.