I became “literary” lew when I started this blog about six years ago. I increasingly realize that the choice of that moniker was more astute than I realized. These six years have helped me explore further the inner recesses of my heart and I’ve learned that my early grasp of the world was very “literary.” Then I was taught that the world I lived in was a very literal, linear-thinking world. I dutifully complied and I’m glad I did, but wish I’d have done so with less passion! But now, pretty late in the old “ball game”, I’m using this literary license very freely and enjoying the freedom to interpret life from a less rigid perspective. The world is multi-dimensional and I’m finding life much easier and pleasant, having slowly allowed this wisdom to sink in.
Decades ago friends introduced me to the notion that life itself is but a story and approaching it as such makes it easier to pose the question occasionally, “Now what’s the point of this story going on here, the one I’m being presented with, or the one that I find myself immersed in personally.” This is simple use of Shakespeare’s “pauser reason” which, if employed here and there, can allow us to make better responses to parts of the story that we are presented with. Otherwise, we will be unwitting participants in a narrative that is, unbeknownst to ourselves, setting the course for our life. One simple example, drawn from my clinical practice of the past, is the “martyr complex” of someone who finds himself/herself constantly playing the role of the victim throughout life, not realizing that some unconscious need is being fulfilled. When one self-created crisis has resolved itself, this person will seem to ask upon awakening the next morning, “Hmm. Now what’s underway in my life today that will allow me to perceive myself being the victim, allowing me to start the drama mill of my life to going again?” This person seems to pray daily, “Give us this day, our daily crisis…”
Though most of us aren’t martyrs or victims, we inevitably play some role that we are only barely aware of if at all. I’ve found this “literary license” helpful in gaining some degree of awareness.
ADDENDUM—This is one of three blogs that I now have up and running. Please check the other two out sometime. The three are: