Can you name three highlights which have recently occurred in your life? If you are aware, you can see the little and the big gifts which Life presents to you. For me it’s been getting the first Covid shot the other day and having a sense that I’m doing my share to beat this virus; my husband bringing me the most beautiful bunch of flowers –simply to add joy to my day; and lastly, my participation in the Festival of Storytellers over the last two weekends.

Being part of a group which emphasizes connecting through books was an amazing experience. Most of the 150 authors were self-published and wanted to share their messages with the world. As a panelist I had to prepare questions to ask the ‘author of the hour’ about their backgrounds and why they had written the book, what their message was, and so on. Some of the authors I would have loved to talk to for longer than an hour, especially to those who are on a similar wavelength like myself. Dr. Jo Anne White was one of them, we had so much in common. Such a highlight!

As long as I can remember, I have always been very interested in other people’s lives and what makes them tick. In my cultural background it’s ok to ask direct questions of people, in North America I could be considered nosy. All I really want to know is their story and how they came to be where and who they are. There are fascinating experiences and events in everyone which would make engaging books. I read the local obituaries and often wonder about the highlights and lowlights of the lives of the departed. But I know folks who are still available to share their stories and maybe I will write a book in the format of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

In closing I’d like to say that each one of us could start looking at our lives as a story and check out its highlights and create more, and its lowlights and see what we have learned from them.

If you’d like some inspiration, have a look at my book available at

Dorothea L. Gordon B.A. M.Ed.