Saturday, May 14, 2011

Connecting in the Circle

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so I am going to be brief. 

I often emphasize how energizing and humanizing sharing our stories is in a community of writers.  Sometimes, it sounds like so many pretty words strung together.  But when it happens - and it does over and over again in the Circle - you  experience the magic. You feel it.

When a very personal, honest and courageous piece is read, everyone is moved.  We are moved by the universality of our human condition - the pain, the suffering, the individual triumph over seemingly impossible odds.  Sometimes, we just have to jump up, hug each other and say "thank you"! 

After I wrote my memoir, I felt healed.  This gave me the ability to share with other women in a way I never could have if I had not done the soul-searching work that is the lot of every good writer.  The joy of the Circle is that the women are finding this to be true for themselves; they, in turn, are connecting and empowering each other with the confidence of their voice.  The Circle remains unbroken. And that deserves a whole lot of hugs.

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