I think I know why more of us donâ€™t write the stories of our lives. We feel like a small creature swimming in the ocean of our experiences. They feel WHALE-ish: BIG. MASSIVE. TOO MUCH.Â
The dilemma is that there is too much to count. In frustration, we put away the idea of writing anything until that perfect day comes along when we have TIME. A better way to approach this WHALE is to reserve a PERFECT SPACE for writing each day.
Iâ€™d like to share a poem I wrote a few years agoâ€”and the story behind the poemâ€”in hopes you will relate to this dilemma. The title had been running through my mind for at least 20 years. Since I didnâ€™t consider myself a poet or a writer (much less an author), I didnâ€™t know what to do with those seven words or what they meant. And then as I was writing Character Safari: Remember and Write the Storie of Your Life, these words flowed out of the air at the 99th and Bell Starbucks:
If Only I Could Learn to Count
If only I could learn to count
The days of pride, the nights of joy
My cherished ones, my baby boys.
The voice of knowing,
The humble pieâ€”of great big failures
That changed my life.
The bad turned worst, the worst turned best.
Heroes, Angels and the rest
Who passed me by, who left their mark
Throughout my life, upon my heart.
There is too much to count and yet,
I see it allâ€”a treasure chest.
How rich, how rich
This life I live.
Those who love me,
Those who give.
I count and smile and count again,
Iâ€™ve learned to count at last, Amen.
Jan Whalen, MASL
You do have a lot to count, and thatâ€™s why I am so please that the STORY CARD WORKSHOP has been received with such enthusiasm. Truth be told, this is the 3rd incarnation of the original book and the answer to the question: Why arenâ€™t people who SAY they want to write about their lives, actually WRITING or recording or telling their life stories?
Maybe a a Story Card Workshop is in your future. Hereâ€™s the link to the June 1st workshop in Tempe. Iâ€™m especially happy that part of the proceeds will go to our HOSTâ€™S Community Garden Project, and weâ€™re adding a BONUS hour so that you can experience a method that teaches you how to write faster to reach our goals with ease! Join us.
I canâ€™t even begin to count the benefits youâ€™ll enjoy!