A story is what comes after the statement, "I am..."

Whatever follows from that setup is an interpretation. An interpretation with different sides and shades of accuracy, subject to change at a moment's notice.

Spiritual development primarily aims at harmonising with Truth, or what is Real and does not change. As such, so much of the work to that end is the work of letting go, or undoing our beliefs about right and wrong.

We get invested in our stories. Who we are. Where we came from. Why we do what we do. What it all means. We wear them as badges of honour and present them to others, many times, to communicate our uniqueness or worthiness of love and respect. 

After a certain point, our interpretation becomes a hinderance. Our interpretation keeps us in a personal sense of "I," and so independent and separate from others. Being independent and separate from others — with embedded notions of right and wrong — our primal state becomes one of greed (in the sense of wanting for ourselves, less for others, and competing to make it so).

Catastrophes and disasters are excellent signs. They have the effect of temporarily disrupting our mental understanding of who we think we are and our interpretations about the world. They provide the opportunity to make internal adjustments and to let go of what is false. It is an opportunity because you always can choose if you want to progress or stay where you are.

Understanding this does not mean we become empty, vacant of personality, or void of any unique creative signature. What it means is we take ourselves less seriously to the point of being at total ease. We become more tolerant of others. We become more in line with Truth, which sees no fundamental distinction between this and that.

In the end, there is only One Story and you are It.