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Telling Your Story

Lesson 11 on "Connecting the many pieces of the puzzle of you" is all about telling your story. Everyone has a story to tell. You have a story to tell. Now, the narrative may not be the greatest of memoirs. But it will be a unique and fascinating history of who you are and what you cared about as read by those who really care about you.

Organize your life-tale in any way that makes sense to you with as few or as many chapters – that's what we will call them - as you want. Think of some way to categorize your life story. Consider the following ways to arrange or organize those chapters in your book. You can look at life through chronological ages by decade, for example, those very early baby years 0-10, or 11-20, 41-50, 61-70.

Or, you can look at those life phases – you know your teen years, the college student, the young adult, the middle-aged you, and that seasoned you

Or, you may check out the milestones that you've had: those significant life events that were memories that really meant something to you as you had them happen. Your graduation, your first job, your wedding day. It could have something to do with making your first payment on your house. All of these things that are milestones that you considered important may be a way to organize your life story.

Then, there could be metaphorical references: things like your first set of wheels, or your dirt-bike years, or anything that has something that could be something you relate to.

The best of… the best of what? Friends, parties, teachers.

And then those very important people in your life.

These are just some ways to organize information to tell your story. It's fun and will most likely mean something to those who care about you. And even if there isn't someone that you want to read it, it's you putting something down on paper about you. Or, you can also do it as a video or an audiotape. You may even want to add some photos though if you do it in a visual format.

Finally, you can organize the events in your story either by assigning or capturing the successes you had during your life. Organizing by successes helps you in all kinds of ways. In order to employ this approach, you'll need first to determine how you personally define what success means to you. And, that is exactly what we're going to do in Lesson 12.

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Sylvia Gaffney, PhD