Blue RIbbons and Buffoonery

In an e-mail exchange with my friend, Myke Smitley, he said he was impressed that I used my personal life stories to illustrate points in my book, Through God’s Eyes: Finding Peace and Purpose in a Troubled World. Myke wrote:

I was just emailing with a friend–who is a founder and facilitator of seminars for individuals and businesses who are ready for evolutionary truths–about the issue of personal story telling as a teaching tool. He wrote: “As you very well know, it is not easy to declare yourself so publicly. It opens up the door for all sorts of criticism and feedback.”

Although he considers himself a very private person, Myke made the difficult decision to step out from the shadows of anonymity and reveal himself to the world in order to make a more profound impact with his book, The Great Circle: Journey to Where: the Wheel of Destiny Obeys Our Free Will.  He explains his reasoning in the following excerpt from his book:

It is for good reasons that I have mentioned here these personal things about my own psychological dynamics and have again brought up the Medicine Wheel Way. First, I have been helped the most in my own evolutionary journey by those who risked public ridicule by their honest, personal self-disclosure. These were authors, speakers, counselors, and seminar facilitators who risked being judged as egotistical for illuminating the dynamics of a principle by sharing the personal and psychological experiences which enlightened them to that principle—those human guiding lights who told of their valor and victories, their foibles and failures; and who thereby risked having those colorful and delicate pearls of wisdom trampled by the swine of glaring egos with dim wits.

It is in gratitude, and in appreciative dedication to those who were willing to self-disclose, that I include in these chapters my own personal experiences where they may be relevant. I do so in the spirit of the Medicine Wheel: extending the same spirit of respectful friendship that my various mentors extended to me. And I do so with sincere hopes that, as I gained much from their generous spreads, that you, dear reader, will find some tasty and nourishing tidbits in my own buffet of blue ribbons and buffoonery.

It was nice of Myke to commend me for my courage in sharing such personal stories in my book, but I don’t consider it courageous at all. As far as I’m concerned, living authentically includes being an open book to the world. I wrote back to Myke:

As for sharing personal stories so publicly, I am always amused by the many souls who are aghast at the thought of sharing any personal information whatsoever. I simply don’t see what all the fuss is about. Sharing intimate stories is perhaps the best way to connect with people on a deep and meaningful level. I see no downside. If some don’t see the value in such stories, that’s on them. Negative comments do not touch me in any way. My take is: “This is who I am; if you don’t like it, oh well. I know I can’t please everybody.” But for the majority of people who are touched by what I write, doors of communication and connection are flung open and the quantity and quality of my friendships continue to expand. Ultimately, I side with the great philosopher A. E. Neuman, who summed up the depth and breadth of human experience with three simple words: “What, me worry?”

Well said, Alfred!

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2 Responses to “Blue RIbbons and Buffoonery”

  1. birdsongreadings Says:

    I agree. Living courageously requires being vulnerable and no one can deeply connect with another person without first being vulnerable even if that means opening up to ridicule or dislike. We need more brave souls to share their stories to the world. Nice post.

  2. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Well said, Erin. The more brave souls the better off we’ll all be.

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