I was leading a discussion with a group of women. The topic was my new book, THE TRUTH, I’m Ten, I’m Smart and I Know Everything. I was reading excerpts to the ladies and the topic of the Flavors of Our Lives came up. The woman who brought it up put it this way: the girl in the book certainly knows what the truth is for her. Yet we all have an unique sense of what the truth is and what feels right. How does that come to be? She was suggesting that it is based on so many uniquely individual aspects of our childhoods. We each have a different constellation of attitudes in the family, beliefs, traditions and of course, our ethnicity and our religion. And all these things plus the ways that our families did things, whether simple everyday things like eating meals, or big things like a holiday, leave imprints or ‘flavors’ in our minds. Thus when we smell a certain smell, or hear a particular song of a bird, or feel the breeze against us in a certain way, it is already layered with not only the present conditions in our lives but the 100’s and 1000’s of flavors that make up a life.
What do you think of this idea? Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, www.enchantedself.com