Photo by Phil Warren.
What is it that motivates us to want to look back through carnival-like multi-directional mirrors to explore times past?
I look at the photo of my mother on the wall, and wonder what was hidden behind those storied eyes, laugh lines, and tenured silver gray locks. I yearn to hear mom's stories and dad's jokes, one more time, but now, the responsibility has been silently delegated to a new generation to tell the tales of the past.
The Healing Power of Stories: Creating Yourself through the Stories of your Life by Daniel Taylor, Ph.D. became my go-to bible as I delved deeper into the personal history industry. The jacket description contends, as therapists have known all along, that “stories have the power to make people whole again. The key to telling life stories is choosing which fairytales, myths and popular stores we embrace, picking which characters become our heroes and reshaping our world according to the ideals of our favorite stories.”
The academic in me however wanted to know why stories carry so much significance in our lives. Once again, Taylor offers valuable insight.
Let’s add a little music to our mix. Born in 1950 you would think I was a Rolling Stones fan. Not me. I grew up in the world of Broadway musicals. But today's technology gives us a chance to relive a familiar past or one we never experienced and revisit the Stones hit Ruby Tuesday - third verse, "there’s no time to lose." Enjoy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YJXfcndyvU
Let’s Get Started ... Before It’s Too Late!
Mary Patricia Voell