November 2018: Remember To Remember

“Gratitude is the memory of the heart.” (French Proverb)

Our spiritual theme for the month of November is Memory, and we begin the month, fittingly, with our All Souls worship service on November 4. (Please remember to bring a photo of a loved one or a memento of some kind to place on our altar during the service.)

What is your first memory? What is your favorite memento and why? How would you like to be remembered after your death?

There are so many ways to go here; the theme is so rich, for all of us.

It’s funny to me that I’m writing this column while I’m visiting my mother at her condo in Lexington, Kentucky. I’m surrounded by antiques and family photos, but in a home and a town where I’ve never lived. (Mom moved here 5 years ago to join my sister, who’s been here for 20 years.) It’s interesting to me to think about what we hold on to – the mementos we take with us wherever we go, no matter the cost – and what we let go of, in order to move on and make room for the new.

There are five different spiritual exercises that Soul Matters suggests for this month, to help you move deeply into the theme. I lift up the last one, because I find it the most fascinating.

Please let me know if you try it, and how you make out. If you show me your poem, I’ll show you mine!

Together on the journey,

Rev. Susanne

Soul Matters Spiritual Exercise for November

Remembering who we want to be is tied up with remembering where we’ve come from. Holding on to our roots keeps us rooted. It’s also keeps us connected to gratitude and humility. To remember where you’ve come from is to remember that you didn’t create yourself or earn your successes all on your own. Remembering where you’ve come from is also a way to celebrate your uniqueness.

So this month, spend some time teasing out the unique roots that make you who you are … by writing a poem about where you’ve come from!

Don’t worry; it’s not as intimidating as it first may sound. Poet George Ella Lyon has already laid the ground for us with her poem, Where I’m from. Following her poem’s structure, hundreds of writers and students have written their own.

Here is George Ella Lyon’s poem, “Where I’m From.”

Here is a very simple guide to using her poem as a template for writing your own