I think of joy like a lighthouse light that we have to tend, especially in the darkest, stormiest weather, to serve as a beacon for others. The work of the purposeful memoirist is to share our stories to help light the way for others coming alongside or behind us on the journey of life.
The change of season from Winter to Spring, which made such a big impression on me as a child, always helps me get back into my child’s perspective, and reconnect with the joyful child who lives within me still.
Having gone through the process of purposeful memoir, we can turn our faces to the future with greater awareness and firmer resolution, knowing what we value and determined to live our individual lives in ways that are more aligned with the thriving future we envision for all life on Earth.
As writers of our own life stories, we have the power to transmute negative emotions like sadness and rage to positive emotions like acceptance, love and joy. And when we share such a story with others, our experience has the power to positively impact theirs.
It’s not necessary to tell all; it’s just necessary to have a clear sense of purpose; to understand why we’re sharing what we choose to include in our memoirs.
This month, follow the passionate pathways of love in your life….
What would it be like to write a version of your life story that focused on “counting your blessings”?
When it comes to setting writing goals, the tricky part is figuring out where to set the bar. You want to set it high enough to be aspirational and challenging, but not so high that it will be impossible to reach, leading to a year of constantly beating yourself up because you’re not accomplishing enough. […]
The practice of art, whether purposeful memoir or other forms of creative expression, can help us dig deeply into our intuitive ways of knowing. Sometimes the answers lie not in our heads but in our hearts, and art is an essential way of tapping into that inner guidance.
“Part of the deep work of purposeful memoir is bringing ourselves into the sunlight of forgiveness—forgiving ourselves as well as others. I can’t say I have always achieved this, brooding Scorpio that I am, but it is a work in progress that I come back to each time I re-open the doors leading to episodes from my personal history, played out against the political and planetary landscapes of my lifetime.”