When we tell our stories to one another, we, at one and the same time, find the meaning of our lives and are healed from our isolation and loneliness. Strange as it may seem, self-knowledge begins with self-revelation. We don’t know who we are until we hear ourselves speaking from the drama of our lives to someone we trust to listen with an open mind and heart.”
(Keen & Valley-Fox, 1989, in Your Mythic Journey, p. 18)

My story is important not because it is mine…but because if I tell it anything like right, the chances are you will recognize that in many ways it is yours. Maybe nothing is more important than that we keep track…of these stories of who we are and where we have come from and the people we have met along the way …to lose track of our stories is to be profoundly impoverished not only humanly but spiritually. I not only have my secrets, I am my secrets. And you are yours. Our secrets are human secrets, and our trusting each other enough to share them with each other has much to do with the secret of what it means to be human.
Frederick Buechner