Living Life Backwards!
Isn’t there a song which says ‘I wish I knew then what I know now’? This week my very good friend and colleague Tom Evans (@thebookwright) has tweeted his book One Hundred Years of Ermintrude.
It really is an extraordinary book, simple and yet profound. You can read it in next to no time, yet your feelings about it are still reeling hours, days, weeks and even months after.
The story is written in reverse – it is the story of a lady called Ermintrude who is 100 and she looks back over her life at the high and low points and many others in between.
When I’m working with clients who are unable to see past their current situation, I often ask them to imagine looking back on it as if they were now 80 years old and finding out what the older person in their future advises them to do. We can do this flip flopping about in time quite easily really, it just takes a bit of willingness to play.
You can use time travel in all sorts of other ways to create a different result. By that I mean it won’t actually alter what happened, but it can alter the feelings you have about it. Imagine if you were able to send back messages to the younger you so that they would know that all would be fine, perhaps you could even give the younger person some courage, some love and some resources to help them through.
Can you imagine just how helpful living your life backwards would be. Tom says something about living our lives backwards and experiencing them forwards – I’m picking up what he’s putting down, are you?