At first glance, what could seem simpler? I live my life every day. And I have lived it for years, whether twenty or sixty. Surely, I know my own story, and know it well! Surely, I can tell it!
This Fall, the Village of brothers will gather once again at Camp Hi Rock to find out how true that is. Using our exercises, our silences, and the sweat lodge, we will seek to empower every man to find and express his own story.
I will seek to know whether I really know my own story. Do I remember the really important events that shape what I do today? Above all how well do I realize the special feelings and tones that color my personal tale?
What constant themes run through my story? What assumptions do I make?
How do I feel about speaking it? Do I believe it possible to be heard? Do I even feel I’m worthy of being heard? Do others listen? Will men hear me at all?
At our gathering, we will allow each man to find various ways of telling his own story. We will seek to see what each of us experiences when we try to make our story known. What happens when I try to know it? Above all, what happens when I try to express it?
I may want to know how my story compares with that of other men. I may want to see whether my story can be clearer or richer when I see it side by side with my brothers’ stories. What will come up for me when I no longer hear my story alone, but in the company of men? What can I learn? Perhaps I do not even realize I have a story which makes itself felt in every aspect of my every days!
Each of us who comes to camp Hi Rock this Fall will add his own uniquely colored strand to the powerful rope of stories that we will weave together for the week end. Please join us. Please come tell your own unique story.