Chapter 14 of Lou Willett Staneks book — Writing Your Life — is called “Accomplishments”. Yes, no matter how big or small, we all have them. Writing your life means including acheivements. She says:
“Don’t fret if you have been elected to office since you were the treasurer of the eighth grade chess club, or haven’t been awarded the Medal of Honor, the Nobel, Pulitzer or the Miss America crown. If you raised respectable children, survived a tyrant at home or in the office, taken care of aging parents, become successful without lying, cheating or stealing, you deserve acknowledgement.
One of my best friends is the president of a college, another knits beautiful sweaters and can cook like Julia Child. Both are accomplished women.
Good writers pay unflappable attention to the stuff of everyday life — the daily decencies and indecencies of husbands and wives, the ongoing frustrations of too little money and too many temptations.”
Little goals acheived throughout our lives deserve to be written about just as much as the heart wrenching defeats. It is sometimes hard to write good things about ourselves. It is, however, a wonderful exercise in seeing the whole of our experiences, emotions and feelings. Remember what you did, how you felt, and the rush of adrenaline? Write about it.
Dig deep and come up with an accomplishment in your life, big or small, that has a warm place in your memory. Read the prompts below. One might trigger a success memory you hadn’t thought of in years.
- No one, including me, thought I had a chance.
- The most difficult test I ever passed…
- The competition frightened me.
- I got a bellyful of turning the other cheek, so I…
- They put it on display.
- It took all the willpower I could muster.
- I was the youngest person to have…
Remember – You are welcome to post your responses to any of the memoir prompts at any time. We’d love to read yours!