The Rocking Chair Test

You can change the past

Ever take the rocking chair test? There are lots of variations of it, but here’s the one I use. I picture myself as an old man sitting in a rocking chair, blanket drawn over me, sitting outside on a porch looking ahead of me. I reach down at my side and pick up an old photo album with pictures of my life; the moments, the friendships, family, etc. As I open the photo album to a random page, my eyes come to focus on a picture.

When I look at that picture, I imagine something amazingly fun that I have on my bucket list and always wanted to do, or a close hug with someone, or a random photo that someone else took of me doing something amazing, or exceptionally kind. Whatever I dream that picture is, I then rewind back to the present moment, and ask myself, ‘What do I need to do now to have that picture in my photo album?’

Give it a try! #CreateYourStory

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