A friend just liked a meme I posted on Facebook. Its says the following: 4 Things you can’t get Back- The stone after it’s thrown; the word after it’s said; the occasion after its missed; the time after it’s gone. As I reach Age pension eligibility in four weeks they have made me ponder my life.
I like what my friend Marc Chernoff has to say about writing a life story worth living. I love this paragraph: When writing the story of your life, don’t let someone else hold the pen. Make conscious choices every day that align your actions with your values and your dreams; the way you live each day is a sentence in the story of your life. Each day, you choose whether the sentence ends with a period, a question mark, or an exclamation mark.
Here are Marc’s ten suggestions for doing this:
1. Find a passion that makes you come alive.
2. Work hard on that passion.
3. Live happily in your own way.
4. Change your path when you must, but keep moving forward.
5. When the going gets tough, keep fighting.
6. Let go of the past and live consciously in the present.
7. Embrace new ideas, lessons, and challenges.
8. Appreciate the little things in life that mean a lot.
9. Live honourably through kindness.
10. Spend quality time with people you love.
So what has society said about storytelling over time, we have always done it:
1. Yes, that diatribe in your head, that’s the story of your life.
2. Yes, it is official, I have a crush on Maya Angelou: Maya on Words.
3. How do you tell the world about your ideas?
4. How’s the living going?: Staying Alive.
5. A great reason for my ethos of Love and Respect for All, Everybody Included.
6. Our stories have had the world evolve: World Turning.
7. What do you do in creating your communities storyline?
8. Remember as children how much we loved this, it is still available: Magic Carpet Ride.
9. Love this quote, well done Christina.
10. Wise words from one of the most amazing storytellers to have lived, think the Mac, the iPod, the iPhone: Steve’s Stanford Speech.
11. Ground Control, to Major Tom.
12. Where have you travelled in your reading?: 500 Miles.
13. When I think of the big items I have brought in my life, this is oh so true in every case.
14. And the bridge takes you over: Bridge over troubled Waters.
15. And for our final lesson, we call on Ira Glass, host of This American Life and All Things Considered.
Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs, and what every great story has, are characters that come alive in the pursuit of something that inspires them.
The playlist contains words today. Firstly we have Maya Angelou, then The Bee Gees. Fleetwood Mac are next, followed by a 60’s classic by Steppenwolf. Lots of Words from Steve Jobs, his Stanford commencement speech. Then an anthem from the Proclaimers and we finish with the dulcet tones of John Legend: Writing you Life Story.
My life story, Love and Respect for All, Everybody Included. Until we meet again, my dear friends.