I think about the last line in the above poem. Who do I keep company with? As I look back over my different life phases I can see a chorus of people that I have kept company with. Each one of them has brought something important to my life. While it hasn't always been easy and sometimes a deep challenge, looking at a particular moment in time with fresh eyes can bring refreshing and meaningful insight.
I can ask questions about these times, knowing that each stage of life brings different awareness and ability for awareness. Immersed in the raising of a child brought a minute intimacy that could create a veil over my eyes that prevented me from seeing a larger picture at times. Seeing this phase now, with a distance and looking back, I can find compassion and kindness toward myself and another in particular situations...that perhaps I was unable to see as a young mother. This is a gift of biography work and life reflection.
While we may be able to look at a situation or challenge in any particular moment in our lives, it is with some distance and a softer gaze that allows us to bring deeper understanding to awareness of that moment. I believe this is the gift of time. Time will give us perspective. Age will bring us compassion and patience towards ourselves if we allow it. Finding ways to work with questions through artistic activities, like writing or pastel drawing, or painting brings to the surface surprising insight. We may start in one place and arrive somewhere completely different...just like when we go for a walk in the woods.
Writing is like walking in the woods. Walking in the woods is where you can find yourself in Biography Work. You may be lost for a moment. Then, a trail appears and you choose a direction. The moment in the woods can reveal a picture of meaning to you. You keep walking.