My Life Review was a result of a year of questions like:
Why was I forced into retirement?
Why did I cause this to happen?
Why do I make the same mistakes over and over?
Who am I and why am I the way I am?
With this last question I started to take responsibility for my past actions. Then I wated to know why I had the strengthsand weaknesses that formed my character. I started to examine my early childhood and the events and people that had directed my life.
I started writing, interviewing my aunts, uncles, brothers, and cousins to gain understanding and clarification of the bits and pieces that I could remember. With each bit of new information I remembered more and I understood more. I kept writing, as I told my story to myself I started to understand how my character was formed. My story concluded at age fourteen, everything was in place for the rest of my life, for better or worse.
The process took me sixteen months, I put my manuscript away and did nothing for two years. I had a new awareness as well as a new level of peace, I knew who I was. I could do little to change anything but I knew why and how I would react to my environment. I then recognized that I had another opportunity.
I know more about Abe Lincoln and George Washington then I know about my two grandfathers. So I searched and hired an editor and had “Tall Grass” edited and published, it’s available on Amazon.com and at www.grinkmeyer.com. I’m leaving something behind so my descendants will know who I was and possibly have a better understand of who they are.
In future posts I discuss the editing and publishing process.
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