Our need to make up meaning for things is so automatic we don't generally question it. Our minds provide an endless parade of interpretations and meanings in the personal soap opera we call thinking. There is another way, but you may not like it.
Stories have the power to persuade and change, they can also condemn and isolate us. Once we are past childhood we judge a story by the storyteller. We look for interests and motives that could render the story invalid or suspect. When we listen to the stories we tell ourselves we should be similarly cautious, the narrator is usually hugely biased.
It's hard to ignore depression, just as it's hard to ignore the loudest voice in the room.
If you only have a single story about yourself, an event, or anything else, that story is manipulating you. You might say that a single story leads to psychological impoverishment.
Stories weave things together and provide order, meaning and understanding. A metaphor, like 'spill the beans', is a mini story that contains both image and impact. We love stories and we depend on them. Good or bad, it's the most powerful ones that hold the attention, and our own story is the most important one of all.