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Sharing Our Stories

Saturday, 06 August 2016 00:00  by Christina M.


Have you ever wished that you could have a book made about your life? Some of our greatest resources are handwritten memoirs and journals or daily logs from the great minds of the past. There are many extraordinary women that I know that could easily have their memoires penned and make millions, but their names are not initially recognizable. There are others that I would have wished had taken the time to write down their experiences, like my grandmother, because I cherish her perspective. The point is that you don’t have to be famous or even scandalous to have a story worth telling.

I recently read an article released by the BBC that talks about all of the various options individuals have for short runs of private memoirs or autobiographies. Many companies specialize in working with someone to tell their story. The final product is a hard backed, colorful book to share with family and chosen friends and colleagues for years to come. The more that I think about it the more I love it; this is a magnificent way for us to tell our unique narratives, and to help give loved ones a full prospective of our journey. This new emergence of companies that specialize in helping us tell our stories comes out of the need to do so. Social media and the internet creates a type of shallow connectivity that allows glimpses or broad ranges of opinion or personal material, but the art of a self narrative, of a life’s work or story, is truly timeless.

If you are healing from trauma, on the road to recovery, or are working on general wellness, you have undoubtedly experienced many unique ups and downs, and have had life changing experiences. In a setting outside of recovery it is sometimes hard to know when and how to share such unique experiences and narratives. I think journaling and memoirs fill this need perfectly. For ourselves, and for the chosen few we feel comfortable with sharing these experiences with, the written word is an excellent outlet and window into personal experiences.

When we write down or speak our narratives unique things happen in perspective and healing. When you are able to look at your life laid out and see the realities of what has happened what you have done, it is easier to heal and move forward. If you do decide to have a company help you compile your own narrative, I would still encourage you to hand write notes and experiences and perhaps include those as well.

Last modified on Saturday, 06 August 2016 03:27

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