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08 January 2006 @ 03:45 pm
borrowed quote  
I found this on Susan Albert's blog (author of the China Bayles herbal mysteries):

from The Stories We Live By: Personal Myths and the Making of the Self, by Dan P. McAdams:

If you want to know me, then you must know my story, for my story defines who I am. And if I want to know myself, to gain insight into the meaning of my own life, then I, too, must come to know my own story. I must come to see in all its particulars the narrative of the self--the personal myth--that I have tacitly, even unconsciously, composed over the course of my years. It is a story I continue to revise, and tell to myself (and sometimes to others) as I go on living.

I thought that those of us who write about our lives in pubic blogs could appreciate this perspective. No, we're not just wasting time here.

I also want to pass on this resource: Story Circle Network.

(edited to add link)
Ariana Dawnhawk: Tori Chalcedonyarianadawnhawk on January 9th, 2006 05:29 am (UTC)
That's a really nifty quote. I've thought about stuff like that before - there's a short story by Ursula K. LeGuin called "Dancing to Ganam" that's sort of about that. As is the semi-prequel story "The Shobie's Story". You can find them in the book A Fisherman of the Inland Sea.

Good perspective on blogging too. :) I sometimes think that I also do it in honor of Seshat, She who records and remembers.
Tapatitapati on January 9th, 2006 11:34 am (UTC)
Thanks, I'll have to check those stories out. I haven't read anything by LeGuin in awhile.

In my women's history class I remember the teacher emphasizing that what little we knew about colonial women's lives was from their diaries, letters and journals--even cookbooks--that had been preserved by their families. Historians may record events, but our personal writings record how we felt about them while we lived through them.

And of course I love the idea of honoring Seshat. :) We are modern scribes.