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Stories Connect Us To A Narrative Larger Than Self: What Author Shoshana Rubin Discovers Through Co-Writing A Book With Her Late Grandfather

"Began making my self-portrait but I wasn't very much satisfied with the proportions," was the diary entry. Its one of those personal, private thoughts we never imagine anyone will see or know, a frank and honest self-assessment. Something most of us who journal and are willing to see the truth about ourselves come to at some point: that we are not much satisfied with the proportions. Also that there are powers shaping our emotions and our choices that must be recognized and reckoned with.
 "12 days more remain," the diarist writes about his upcoming induction into World War II. "What a difference four years wrought. I can hardly recognize the world. Already my future has begun to shape for me. What will the next four years bring? I have everything to live for - a beautifully appreciate mate, a wonderful career either as a teacher or commercial artist or both. What more can a man ask for? But have I the right to ask? There are powers mightier than I at work…