I’m Here Today

by Krista Wissing, MFT

As I sit to write this maiden post of The Rediscovery Project blog, I reflect upon the kindred spirits who gathered in circle this past Friday to kick off our first group session – men and women in their 20’s through 60’s who’ve experienced themselves as sons, daughters, wives, husbands, moms, dads, grandparents, writers, dancers, artists, gardeners, carpenters, nurses, law enforcers, soldiers, students, business owners, engineers and so much more than what this pocket full of words conveys.

I wondered what brought these particular people to this particular place at this particular time. Certainly, their common experience of acquired brain injury brought them together, but if we dig a bit deeper what else might we find? If we listen closely and with care what might we hear? If we lean in, what might we feel? Might we hear the hero’s call to adventure – its cadence, pulse and urgency? Might we feel its gravitational pull, even at its most tentative, to life experiences that shake, shift and shape us?

And when we finally wake up to our own Hero’s Journey, how do we explore the truth of what brings us here today? This is where we started this year’s Rediscovery Project. In an interview with On Being’s Krista Tippet, spoken word poet and teacher Sarah Kay shares how writing something as simple as a list of “Ten Things I Know to be True” can unlock the personal stories that fill the bones of poems. We modified Ms. Kay’s writing directive to hone in on the truths that brought each participant (read: hero) to the Rediscovery Project and offered the following prompt: “I’m here today [fill in your truth]. This I know to be true.”

My invitation to you is to consider your own hero’s journey. What called you to this adventure? What is its essence and how have you heeded it? Conjure the guidance of your inner soothsayer to illuminate the truth of why you’re here today.

I’ll leave you with a brilliant piece called “Hiroshima” by Sarah Kay.

“Hiroshima” by Sarah Kay (performed at her TED talk in 2011)

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