autobiography

The Waiting Books

This week, I had a wonderful conversation with our dear friend, Christopher Bamford. I say our friend, because Christopher is one of those rare people who can inspire you through words on a page. Long before I came to work with SteinerBooks, I read his introductions to books as if  I had this great teacher sitting in front of me introducing me to the material.

This week, I am sharing a bit of our chat with all of you with his blessing. Our conversation veered in a new direction as I asked him how he was feeling. For those who are not aware, our dear friend is in a treatment regimen for cancer.

He described a space between understanding and beginning. The time that you are aware of a new protocol and beginning it. I shared with him the story of my father’s cancer journey, or at least the part of that journey I experienced.

We talked about the many faces of our biographies and how we share only parts of those with those in our lives. The cancer patient versus the writer, the cancer patient versus the father.

We spoke about my sharing books with my father over the years and how that selection changed when he was fighting and healing. I remember wondering what waiting books are best to share. The waiting books as I call them to help you pass the time, but also can become a tool in your own recovery and acceptance.

Chris told me that he was rereading Rudolf Steiner’s Autobiography, and with each new reading, he gained a new lesson. The chapters in the course of all of our lives give us a new perspective on life’s experiences and a panoramic view of the activities that led us here.

It is in times of challenge that we turn to the observational practice of looking back at events and remembering them from a sensory perspective instead of the actual image. As I look back at the trading of books with my father, it is the emotions that these memories evoke that are housed in my mind.

Chris shared that we can all learn about our lives through the lens of another's biography. It is this type of book that can bring meaning to our journey through the lens of another.