Now’s the time of year to deepen your roots in preparation for a greater blossoming. One way to do that is through discovering your own myth — your deepest and truest story, the one that holds your passion and purpose in life.
Here’s a quick story exercise to help you find your myth. It’s taken from Tristine Rainer’s book, Your Life as Story: Discovering the “New Autobiography” and Writing Memoir as Literature, (New York: Tarcher/Putnam, 1997). I highly recommend this book to people who want to find the story in their life, and I often use it to help my private clients get a big-picture story sense of their life and the shape of our work together. This tale can be drawn, danced, sung, and acted out. But the essence, in my experience, is writing it first. (Please remember that this exercise, almost verbatim, is Ms. Rainer’s, and not mine originally.)
“Write a fairy tale about yourself in 3 sentences or short paragraphs, without too much thought, in 10 minutes or less.
In its simplest form, a fairy tale has 3 parts:
— Something happens that causes a problem for a person or a group.
— They struggle to find a solution.
— They experience a transformation and have a realization. Read More →