Writing a memoir – a mixed bag

There are so many lessons for all of us in Joan Rough's story about her relationship with her mother. My mother was always difficult and got much more so after my father died and as she aged. I never thought of her critical treatment of me as abuse, but surely it was, and I, like Joan, need to find forgiveness and move on. Thank you Joan for being my guest here on Choices today and for relating your thoughts on writing your memoir - indeed, writing a memoir is a mixed bag because it stirs so much up. I can't wait for ME, MYSELF, AND MOM: A Journey through Love, Hate, and Healing to come out so I can read it. Down and Up, Writing Memoir By Joan Z. Rough Writing memoir can a mixed bag. It can fill us with laughter or bring tears of sadness.  It can remind us of joyful times, or the anger and terror we have forgotten about ¦ sometimes on purpose.  For me, it was a revisitation of those moments when I felt helpless, hopeless and alone. When I began writing ME, MYSELF, AND MOM: A Journ … [Read more...]

About forgiveness

I've been thinking a lot about forgiveness and where I'm lacking it in my life. So I've decided to learn more about it and see if I can be more focused about applying forgiveness to my daily goings on. To begin, I've gathered some quotes (provided by Brainy Quotes). Of course some will apply to me, and some will not. Hope you can relate a bit as well. Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. John F. Kennedy We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies. Martin Luther King, Jr. The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. Mahatma Gandhi Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much. Oscar Wilde Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it. Mark Twain It's one of … [Read more...]