My friends, some of us work tirelessly to live a life of meaning beyond the one, two, or perhaps three diplomas we strived to achieve. The daily regime of work and sleep is not enough. For the strong-willed, this journey is never about a piece of paper, but rather, the impact of what our choices can mean or do for others.
When you metaphorically stretch out your arms, do you feel your fingertips expanding fully to encompass all those in need of a warm embrace? Are you using your gifts to alleviate other people’s deficits? When you hear a whisper or cry for change, internally or externally, are you truly listening?
"When the deepest part of you becomes engaged in what you are doing, when your activities and actions become gratifying and purposeful, when what you do serves both yourself and others, when you do not tire within but seek the sweet satisfaction of your life and your work, you are doing what you were meant to be doing. The personality that is engaged in the work of its soul is buoyant. It is not burdened with negativity. It does not fear. It experiences purposefulness and meaning. It delights in its work and in others. It is fulfilled and fulfilling." -Gary Zukav, The Seat of the Soul
In an unprecedented time where uncertainty sits in our subconsciousness, it is easy to take the onslaught of catapulted massive boulders and say, “I can’t do it; it’s too much.” While the pandemic has drained us, it cannot take away the freedom to create meaningful opportunity. Granted, the ability to function in the same manner drastically evolved overnight; however, Covid has yet to stop those dedicated to thinking outside the box.
The bottom line? Never make excuses for setting goals and exercising creativity.
I started this fiction writing journey to create a commercial pathway to help others discover the power of music for loved ones with memory loss; specifically, Alzheimer’s Disease. From my novel’s initial release in 2013, I have met thousands of people due to one miraculous visit with my ailing grandmother, which shifted my entire trajectory. Making the decision to create was simple. Making a continued commitment to nurse revisions with updated science over the years was exceedingly difficult. But, of course, it was never about me.
When you hear a whisper, you listen.
When you know your skill sets carry weight to impact change, you move.
When you feel like it’s too much, you persevere knowing your imprint will help others.
Don’t. Give. Up.
Believe, then succeed.
Please consider placing a pre-sale order here for my novel coming out this fall. Once again, every book sold will benefit the Alzheimer's Association! Please reach out if I can ever be of service lecturing about music and memory or my writing journey (I'm not done yet!) at your professional organization, book club, business, school, local library, et cetera. Thank you for your support!
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