I’ve come to realize that the process of purposeful memoir has alchemical power. Through writing our life stories, we have the potential to transmute the inevitable sorrows and pain of existence into something more positive—the philosopher’s stone of understanding, which truly is worth its weight in gold.
In writing life we seek, as Shakespeare put it, “to hold a mirror up to nature”—to call into words the intangible aura of significance that, whether we realize it or not, illuminates every moment of our lives. It’s a calling that offers deep, sustaining nourishment for the journey of life.
The magic gleam of La Fortuna beckons to us every single day. The question is: Do we allow ourselves to see these opportunities? Do we have the courage to seize the moment and commit to exploring a new path?
Whether surging with joy and positive purpose, or raging with anger and frustration, there is nothing half-way about the emotional intensity of fire.
There are as many ways to write memoir as there are to live a life. There is no formula for how to balance your dual role of narrator and protagonist. But here are some considerations to have in mind as you work on putting your life stories on to the page.
Purposeful memoir seeks to recover the wisdom that lies embedded, often unrecognized, in our memories of the past. By reanimating the joys and tenderly transmuting the sorrows we have lived through, we will be able to move more powerfully and surely into the thriving future we can co-create with kindred spirits on our path.
We are all connected to the Gaian web of life, and in a deep way, our purpose is to add another gleaming thread to that web, strengthening the whole as we create our own individual lives.
What sources of wisdom do you turn to when you’re not quite sure of which path to choose? How do you make your decisions?
In our accelerated, crowded, hyper-distracted times, how do we slow down and make time to seek and come to clarity on what matters to us?