In recent blogs when I referenced a book I've had for years by William Bridges, Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change, I discovered another book by him about which I'd not yet heard. I liked the sample pages I read so much that I've now ordered that book, too.
In The Way of Transition: Embracing Life's Most Difficult Moments, Bridges writes about life after his wife of 35 years died from cancer. Talk about transition, right? In one of the sample pages, he suggests writing the story of your life. But for now, he says, try creating the Table of Contents for your autobiography. Come up with chapter headings that are catchy, such as "Gasping for Air" or "On Top of the World," he advises (in other words, make the headings say something).
What an interesting exercise that would be. I'm tempted to try it. I wonder if I wouldn't discover a new perspective on some of my life events if I tried to organize my life into chapter headings. I wonder whether I would change anything I'm now doing if I tried organizing my past life into chapters.
I believe in moving forward and not living in the past. That said, however, great benefits can be had by looking at your life to see what it might suggest about the present and the future. Perhaps you will discover better ways to face change and move through transitions. Who knows? Perhaps you, too, will be able to "embrace life's most difficult moments." Surely that's worth trying, isn't it?