How has your writing helped to improve your life?
Telling your life, changes your life.
“The Master was unmoved. To all their objections he would say, ‘You have yet to understand, my dears, that the shortest distance between a human being and Truth is a story.’ ”
— Anthony de Mello in One Minute Wisdom
“A story is told eye to eye, mind to mind, and heart to heart.” Scottish proverb
This conversation between two accomplished writers who speak with the ease of mother and son about something so rich and full as living the writer’s life moves you to write.
- Maya Angelou, poet and woman phenomally
- Guy Johnson, poet and novelist
Listen for the gems casually thrown out as their love and respect for the power of the word and the stories about us they tell is revealed in the artful and playful dialogue. Pick the emeralds and diamonds out of the air and hold them for a lifetime of wealth and beauty.
How’s this for a writing lesson?
This documentary blew my mind. I kept trying to imagine this in an American classroom. Would we be so free? Would the teacher have such latitude? Would the children cooperate, grow, and learn? Would the parents allow it? But it does show how the power of writing can instruct the body, heart, and mind. Sheer genius.
Take a look at what this group is doing with the power of telling a story visually, and otherwise. More power to their story!
“We are the first generation bombarded with so many stories from so many ‘authorities,’ none of which are our own. The parable of the postmodern mind is the person surrounded by a media center: three television screens giving three sets of stories; fax machines bringing in other stories; newspapers providing still more stories. We are saturated with stories; we’re saturated with points of view. But the effect of being bombarded with all of these points of view is that we don’t have a point of view and we don’t have a story. We lose the continuity of our experiences; we become people who are written on from the outside.” Sam Keen