January 28, 2012

Surprises from a Life Story

From our friend Ian Kath at Create Your Life Story

Episode 66 : Digital Journals, Time-travel and Surprises from a Life Story

Your Life Story is far more important than you realise.

Travelling through time.

I’ve realised the stories of our lives, shared as oral history from person to person, or recorded as audio as we’re doing here at Create Your Life Story, manage to take us to their distant past. We vicariously time travel, using the stories as vehicles to hear of another time. Often these stories aren’t written down either because they seem too trivial but they still have great value when heard spoken, not only because of the direct information in them but also through interperation of the back ground information that is too often gloss over. We can get a great deal from the tone of voice, pause and extraneous information that is associated with a story. Far more than what we could get from just the raw information.

There will always be surprises.

The surprises that come of producing a Life Story can’t be anticipated. Time and time again I hear of Life Stories that evolve into unexpected unfolding surprises. I mention in this episode a wonderful story of Keri, here it is.

Read the rest of Ian's post and listen to this interesting podcast.

The Stories We Live By

An old Siberian folk saying warns, "If you don’t know the trees you may be lost in the forest, but if you don’t know the stories you may be lost in life."  The stories, of course, are our shared social and cultural narratives--the stories that shape our understanding or who we are, where we come from, and what we value.  The stories are our hero tales, folklore, creation myths, and other explanations of the universe.  The stories, like trees in the forest that line our path, guide us along life's journey.  It matters that we know and understand them.  It matters so much more when we do not.

"Their story, yours and mine," writes the poet William Carlos Williams, "it’s what we all carry with us on this trip we take, and we owe it to each other to respect our stories and learn from them."  Indeed we shall, or risk the consequences: ignorance, indifference, misunderstanding, and presumption.  All acts of human atrocity have been launched on the rails of ignorance, indifference, misunderstanding, and presumption. 

The stories we carry with us--from tribe to tribe, place to place--represent our understanding of the world. And they--our stories and beliefs--are as different as you and I. None is "right," but many are righteous.  Stories of truth and reconciliation, for example.  The parables of Jesus, Mohammad, Abraham, and the Buddha. Tales of forgiveness and kindness.  Evil is it's own story. 

We should take a moment now and again to think about The stories we live by.  Do they guide us on a desired path, or have we lost our way?        

January 3, 2012

TSVP eNewsletter January 2012

New for 2012, introducing our TSVP eNewsletter. 

To read your pdf copy with clickable links, click here.

January 1, 2012

Talking to Family and Really Hearing their Stories

From our friend Ian Kath at Create Your Life Story:

Episode 65: Talking to Family and Really Hearing their Stories
Christmas and the holiday time that we have at this time of year, is often about family, catching up and talking about what has been happening over the past year. In this episode of Create Your Life Story I want to urge you to spend time with your family members to ask those interesting questions to understand and show your interest in their lives.

Normally we’re too busy with our lives to ask about their’s, but when we’re on task to record their life story we change our attitude to one of interest in them. Why not try the same during this time when you get together for these seasonal gatherings?

In doing so you’ll give them the opportunity to be heard in ways that people rarely are and what a wonderful to gift to give someone, that of being genuinely heard for a change.

Click here to listen to Ian's Podcast: Talking to Family and Really Hearing Their Voices