It’s that moment I hope for but is never guaranteed.
“I didn’t think it was a great story, but I’m not so sure now…! Haha”
These were the words from my client Bob, 88 years young. As we move into the production side of his memoir, he looks upon the stories of his life laid out in post-it-notes and grouped thematically
Over the course of our storytelling sessions together and months of me working on the words, his observation somehow manages to catch me by surprise.
It also reminds me why I do this work.
For as valuable as the finished book will be as a permanent legacy for his family, I know what really matters is Bob’s shift in how he sees his own life journey.
“I’ve always felt that the story was really nothing great. But when it’s layed out in front of you like that. There’s more to it isn’t it?… step away from that. And you look at the whole picture in a glance. There it is.”
With a hint of the ‘I told you so’s’ I remember responding to Bob, “This is what we’ve been saying all along. This is what your family’s been saying. Is that your life has actually been really, really full. Each of these phrases on bits of paper represents an amazing and extraordinary story Bob.”
I think it’s finally sinking in.
Yes every life is extraordinary and it’s the moments of realisation like this that really matter.
Click here to check in on the production of Bob’s story.