Thursday, September 28, 2006

The Who Am I Exercise

Many of you have been inquiring how the writing's going, what I've been working on, and so forth. Some of you know I have been reflecting on my body of work overall, what I wish to pursue specifically, and what motivates me to do this work as I pull together writing samples and prepare an application for a writers-in-residence program. Tough and thought-provoking questions.

If you know me at all, or even slightly, or only by my blog, you would know that I do not take these kinds of questions lightly, but rather, for the last few weeks I have been in the thick of immersing myself in profound reflection...Who am I? What do I have to say? How is it relevant? What is the message? How can I impact readers? What is my point? Where am I heading with all of this? Why?

It is this very peeling back of the layers that makes this such a profound, disorienting, yet ultimately clarifying exercise, not unlike writing one's personal mission statement. To do this once a year, as I am now doing, and reflect not only on where I am currently, but also taking into account where I was last year when I asked myself the very same questions, is both breathtaking and revealing. To see progress, a refining of goals, a broadening of vision, an expanding collection of work is, well, both affirming and inspiring.

This I know to be true:
I write my truth. I share my struggles. I examine the past, attempting to heal the future. I try to stay present. Peeling back the layers…connecting the dots…gathering awareness. Sometimes I have more questions than answers. Sometimes I doubt where I'm going. At the same time, something inexplicable and forceful commands me onward. And so, I go. Page by page, not knowing the final destination, I am taken on a wild adventure, picking up clues, revealing secrets, uncovering mysteries, sometimes deadends, but hopefully illuminating understanding while growing compassion along the way. I hope my writing and speaking out will continue to spark dialogue around the globe. The whole purpose of sharing my story, particularly how motherhood is healing me, is to inspire others to heal and transform the brokenness of their past as they influence and parent the next generation.

Ok, that's all. You can go back to your cup of coffee now.


Suzy said...

"Okay, that's all" Ahh, seems to me
like you've covererd everything my friend. Not only is your writing enlightening, but your thought process, your reflective process for the past and the future is absolutely stunning. You are one of the very rare people who know exactly where you've been and where you are, and (hold on to your hats folks), where you're going. Take us along with you on your is amazing.

Carrie Wilson Link said...

Suzy is absolutely right!

BTW, "Back to the coffee"? Had it going on during the whole glorious read!