I once read about a lady psychologist who was assigned to counsel "Boat people."
What can I possibly offer? she thought. I have never been a refugee. I have never escaped a country. I have never endured the hardships these people have endured.
She found, though, in talking with them that they had the same concerns her other clients had. "I met him on the boat, but he hasn't called. Do you think he will?
"I don't believe that people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive."--Joseph Campbell
On June 26 13 Blog Writer Jeff Goins wrote:
Yesterday, I spoke with a group of authors, and one of them asked me, “What should I be blogging about?”
I replied with a question: “If we were to get together for coffee, what would we talk about?”
She then proceeded to tell me her life’s story — a harrowing journey through fear and shame to self-actualization. It was beautiful.
As we considered her experiences, we concluded that what made her story interesting wasn’t any particular incident. Rather, it was the universality of emotions: worry, shame, guilt, fear, passion.
She wasn’t describing the challenges of becoming an author. She was describing what it was like to be human.