“Writing can be a true spiritual discipline,” writes Henri Nouwen
He highlights one of the core aspects of writing memoirs—the necessity of, and blessing of, introspection and reflection and analysis of what happened in the past.
He points out that as we write, “new ideas emerge, ideas that surprise us and lead us to inner places we hardly knew were there.” Nouwen calls those “deep wells of hidden treasures.
“Writing can help us concentrate, to get in touch with the deeper stirrings of our hearts, to clarify our minds, to process confusing emotions, to reflect on our experiences, to give artistic expression to what we are living, and to store significant events in our memories.”
Writing can also be good for others who might read what we write,” Nouwen says. “Quite often a difficult, painful, or frustrating [event] can be ‘redeemed’ by writing about it. . . . Then writing can become lifesaving for us and sometimes for others, too
Nouwen continues, “Each human being is unique. . . and nobody has lived what we have lived. . . . What we have lived, we have lived not just for ourselves but for others as wellWriting canmake our lives availableto others. We have to trust that our stories deserve to be told.” (Henri Nouwen, Bread for the Journey
Maybe you doubt what Nouwen claims—maybe you doubt your story can be lifesaving for others
Many would-be memoirists struggle with that
But look at what dear Mick Silva discovered:
For such a long time, I felt my story wasn’t important
I didn’t know who my story had made me. . . .
But exhuming it, the healing has been profound,
pulling me from ashes of charred memories. . . .
And the things I’ve discovered have been treasures. . . .
Through writing I’ve discovered that . . .
protecting and preserving our stories
is about discovering God’s story
What he did through us, with us, in spite of us
continually pursuing that story
is a matter of faithfulness and obedience,
to become aware and invest in this life he’s given.
To speak its life-affirming power in proper words and context,
it can be the delight of our lives,
an endless source of inspiration.”
Mick Silva, Higher Purpose Writers
We are storytellerswrites Carolina Hinojosa-CisnerosWith the help of God, it is up to us to steward our calling and steward it well
Believe this: Your story is important.
Make your life and your story available for others.
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