11stories: What has this process been like for you, talking and reflecting on your life and your legacy?
Client: I wanted to not just do the biographical stuff – I could have sent you my resume – but insights on how I view the world and things about me that are beyond just work. You know, I really wanted to talk about some of my insights about my relationships with people, what I’ve done well, what I didn’t do well. And, yeah, there are things in my relationships that I could have done better, I could have worked harder at some of them. And I learned from that.
And I think that that is important. Just getting some insights of how you view things, and how you grow and learn, and how that manifests itself into good things in your life. And when you do that, it’s a little like therapy.
The process of recording your personal history, whether a life story or a love story, provides you with a unique opportunity to reflect. This client, a successful entrepreneur with a busy family life, summed up the process so beautifully. Recording a life story is about so much more than simply relaying facts and dates about your life – as he says, it goes beyond just your resume. It’s about taking the time to reflect on your life, to celebrate the successes and to learn from the mistakes. That sounds like the kind of therapy we could all enjoy!