in Cary, NC., I’m going to have a book signing of my book, Creating PositiveAffirmations, Living an Intentional Life.
It’s my first event of this type and I’ve been asking others for advice
about what to say. Most people tell me
to explain why I wrote the book. The
book has developed from writing this blog, Creating Positive Affirmations. Why did I begin writing a blog? I didn’t know how to blog and to be honest
I’d never even read a blog but I understood the concept and I had found such
strength and peace by creating my affirmations, I wanted others to have that
same sense of well-being. I began
writing with the hope that I would make a positive difference in other
lives. I decided that even if my writing
only helped one other person, I would consider it a success.
saw it grow? I believe we all have had
the experience of getting an idea and wondering if it’s worth investing
in. I’m sure there have been both good
and bad ideas that people came up with and went ahead with. Have you seen the movie or the play The
Producers? It revolves around two
men whose idea it is to produce a flop of a play in order to keep all the
investment money. To them it seems like
a great idea and they go to all sorts of lengths to make sure the play will not
succeed. They buy an offensive musical
script about Hitler, hire a terrible actor to play the lead and get a group of
inept performers for the chorus. It’s so
bad, it’s funny and it becomes an immediate success. Now, they are in trouble. It’s one example of a bad idea. Certainly, there are many other examples of bad idea especially those terrible ideas that
injure another in any way.
There are, however, many many examples of good ideas. Have you see the car commercial when they
show all the great businesses that began in a garage? Amazon, Apple, Google, Disney, Hewlett
Packard, Mattel and Harley Davidson are just a few, not to mention all the
famous bands that began in garages. I
find it inspirational that some people are willing to listen to those inner
urgings and follow through with creating something new and wonderful.
I’ve had at least two obvious times in my
life, other than when I chose to marry Sandy, when I followed that inner voice,
or maybe God’s voice and seen something wonderful come about. The first of these was the creation of the
Pink Ribbon Yoga Retreat. At the time of
this entry we are just finishing our tenth retreat, thirty four women breast
cancer survivors attended for four days at the NC beach. The seed of the idea was planted in me and it
must have been meant to be because once it began to take root, it grew and grew
until we now have this wonderful yearly event to benefit any woman who wants to
come who has been treated for breast cancer.
It’s been miraculous.
enough entries to put together into a book.
I’ve listened to many people share their desire to write a book. I never had that desire. While I love to sit and journal, that’s just
for me. It’s my way of centering,
clearing and focusing. I don’t concern
myself with the grammar or the punctuation.
I just write. I love the feel of
the ball point pen on the paper and watching the miracle of the words appearing
on the paper. Writing for an audience
was never part of my plan but here I sit Sometimes there are things we are simply supposed to do. I am supposed to write about
affirmations. I am supposed to share with
others my failings and fears and challenges and how I’ve come to not just
handle those imperfections, but how I am able to neutralize them or perhaps
even turn them into blessings. I
consider myself to be a fairly normal average person and I believe if I can
make myself better off because I’ve found a way to perceive life from a
positive perspective, most people will also be able to accomplish that and if I
can be of service to even one person and maybe to many more, then that’s what
I’m supposed to do and so I write. This is my 185th blog post.
I write with the hope that I lift the spirits and the hopes of anyone who chooses
to take the time to read these pages, who chooses to read my book. I write because I feel like it’s my
responsibility, my mission, my destiny.
I know I cannot cure the world but I can offer what I have learned about hope and about the the tools
necessary to live a fuller, richer more blessed life. May these words and stories do just that for
you. May they give you the gifts of
peace and strength and make the world seem less onerous and more beautiful. May these words empower you and may they help
bring you to a place of serenity and hope.