So I’m taking this Spiritual Formation class and over the course of the term we’re supposed to be journaling our lives in order to come up with a “Life Map” or a “Spiritual Autobiography.” We start by identifying “hinges” in our lives: events where life took a turn for the different. Next we journal about the period of time between each of the hinges, trying to discern what was really going on underneath everything that was going on then–who was important in our lives at that time, what our frame of mind and frame of reference was, “where” God was in the events of the period. It’s proving to be pretty interesting . . . and time consuming.
Below please find, for your consideration, my list of hinges and some life “chapter” titles under which the hinges are incorporated. In upcoming weeks, I’ll divulge some of the content of the chapters, although anticipate vaguer details in the more recent chapters. I still know some of the people in them, and have no interest in airing other people’s dirty laundry. Or my own, for that matter!
Chapter One – In Which I Am Born and Almost Immediately Go International
Hinge Event One __Birth
Chapter Two – In Which I Am No Longer the Center of the Universe (not that I have even yet figured that out, really).
Hinge Event Two __Birth of TheBro
Hinge Event Three _Move to USA
Chapter Three – In Which There Are Growing Pains
Hinge Event Four __Period (Yeah, the girl kind) (Someone told me to be sure not to mention this in my class since I am the only woman in it–which made me realise that it was, indeed, a hinge event and that mentioning it and watching the awkward squirming might be kind of funny. I’m really not a very nice person . . . )
Hinge Event Five __High School Graduation
Chapter Four – In Which Faith and Friends Become My Own
Hinge Event Six __College Graduation
Hinge Event Seven _London
Chapter Five – In Which I Undergo a Third-Life Crisis
Hinge Event Eight __Back to USA
Hinge Event Nine __2008 (A lot, by which I mean a lot of stuff happened in 2008. Technically, a year isn’t supposed to be a hinge, but this one was.)
Chapter Six – In Which Third-Life Becomes Mid-Life and Two Lives Become One
Hinge Event Ten __My Paul & Marriage
I wonder what chapters and hinges will come after this . . . You’re probably just wondering what all those chapters are about.
And how about you? What are your life hinges? Those moments that change everything–which was your favourite? Which was the most harrowing? Tell us a story . . .