Welcome to Following the Whispers blog
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Hope you enjoy your stay. I blog here whenever I feel the need. This blog was created at the time my memoir came out, in February, 2009. Its motto was: creating a life of inner peace and self-acceptance from the depths of despair. Now, my focus is sharing this journey we call life.
“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf
“We are called human beings, not human doings.” Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Theodore Roosevelt
Friday, March 11, 2011
The power of memoir
The play juxtaposed live actors portraying the characters, and video of Eva Schloss telling her story. Eva and her mother survived the camp - her father and brother did not. And neither did Anne Frank. But Otto Frank, Anne's father, did survive. And he married Eva's mother.
At the end of the play, Eva Schloss came out on stage to answer questions from the audience. She was asked when it was that she began speaking about her experiences. She remembered the moment in 1986 when she attended the opening of the Anne Frank exhibit in London, where she was living with her husband and daughters. When the speakers were finished, the host turned to Eva and didn't ask, but assumed Eva would want to say a few words. She has never stopped.
There is something about speaking your truth that transforms, both you, and those who are listening to you. It doesn't matter whether you are a holocaust survivor, a sexual abuse survivor, or someone who may not have had such dramatic episodes in your life, but wants to share who you are...memoir, if done well, is a powerful tool.
Don't you want people to know who you really are?