I just started rereading The Heart and Craft of Lifestory Writing by Sharon Lippincott and last night I was struck by the following phrase. “It takes courage to bare your soul for the examination of future generations, and making the effort to share yourself with them is an act of great love.”
Working through my writing class in recent weeks, I have found that it also takes courage to bare your soul for examination of the current generation. One of my assignments in particular took courage, not only to write, but also to share, and yet I found healing in myself by sharing it. In writing some things down, there is something amazing that happens as the situation loses it’s grip on you and to frees you to move ahead.
Since I finished with that particular piece, my mind has been filled with other stories that I do want to share with future generations. It’s almost like a dam has broken free.
For me, writing out that particular incident was in some ways an act of love in that it has allowed me to move on and make progress on that memoir I’m planning. I don’t know if I’ll ever share that story with anyone else, but in some ways it’s the most important thing I’ve written to date.