There is what happens to us and by us, and then there is the story (narrative) that we tell ourselves about what happened. The story is where we create the meaning about what happened; the meaning about us, other people and even the world, at large. While we can certainly have an emotional response to an event and its impact(s), it is very common that the strength of our emotional reaction will be more influenced by the story we create about the event.
In Narrative work we seek to bring consciousness to the often-unconscious story-telling we do in our heads. Once we first become aware of the story, itself, (with all its possible assumptions, projections, etc.), we can then explore its level of actual truth. We then become empowered and able to make an intentional choice about how, if at all, we want the story to guide our response to whatever the situation may be.
Uncovering narratives can also be a powerful tool enabling us to be aware of and better understand any areas of unresolved prior conflict or unhealed emotional wounds we might be carrying. This can help us develop greater self-compassion, and being able to name our story aloud can aid in healthy and clear communication with others.