Each of us has a rich life story worthy of sharing not only with others, but especially with ourselves!
As the originator and editor of the men’s anthology Ordinary Men, Extraordinary Lives: Defining Moments, I received exuberant comments from many of the 40 contributing authors that the writing process allowed them to garner fresh insights about a pivotal event or period that shaped their lives. I had the same experience from writing my anthology story. Each of us was surprised to discover that we had calcified our stories, i.e. constricting our events in a “box.” Re-visiting what were clearly our defining moments, and witnessing them from different vantage points, allowed us to rejuvenate ourselves and to benefit, in some instances greatly, from those vital times.
Doing book presentations and signings led me to soon realize that I wanted to interact with the audience about its own transformational experiences. Participants have realized the most value from a guided, step-wise process that I developed to catalyze learning from major life challenges. Working from the theme that “adversity is the canvas upon which you (often) paint your greatness,” I facilitate folks to re-view positive lessons from their key experiences, realizing anew and energetically the highlights that made those times genuine “defining moments” for them. More importantly, based on their updated reflections and perspectives, participants are given the opportunity to envision a powerful future and determine specific courses of action to begin implementing that vision. A potent synergy typically gets created in the room when participants share their realizations.
You are invited to attend a free workshop of the JFS Counseling Center at Jewish Family Service on Tuesday, May 29, 4:00–6:00 p.m., followed by a book-signing, to experience this vitalizing process. Learn more and RSVP!
-Jim Sharon, Ed.D.