Karen Salmonsohn, a woman who I’ve learned to love through the magic of Facebook, has recently released a new book called INSTANT HAPPY and created a little contest for bloggers. We have to choose a quote from her new book and write about it. Just like any good miracle, there’s a quote I love that perfectly meshes with what I planned to write about tonight anyway!
Everything you’ve ever done, every person you’ve ever met, every experience you’ve ever had is a part of who you are today. Everything needed to be as it was, otherwise you wouldn’t have grown into you.
(from Karen Salmonsohn’s Instant Happy book)
I’ve mentioned the book proposal I’m working on several times recently.
I initially thought it was going to be a compilation of previous posts and life lessons from The Miracle Journal. But as I’ve worked on it, the concept has grown and changed quite a bit. I’ve discovered that it actually encompasses the learning and teaching that I’ve been doing for the last TEN years!
The moment that got clear to me I started to cry – honest to goodness, it was that profound.
For so long, I felt completely unfocused – I’d pick up a project and throw my everything into it, and then six months later I’d put it down and choose a new toy to play with. I moved from project to idea to project with manic abandon. I accomplished a lot of things that I set out to do…but I never felt like I was making headway toward my larger life goals.
This has been going on for the last 10 years. In fact, it’s been an exquisite relief to actually STICK WITH this journal for more than two years!
Imagine my surprise when I realized that all of those experiences actually had one common thread – a learning and a teaching that I was completely unaware stood under everything I’ve done!
Time after time, my workshops, writing and coaching have all come back to the same fundamentals: naming our experiences, taking a step back from the experience to look at the lesson, and then sharing our experiences in a way that fosters community.
I haven’t been working on hundreds of unconnected projects. I’ve been working on one larger vision…but I was too close to see it.
The learning feels deep and profound. I finally feel connected. I feel ready to move forward, knowing that I have a decade worth of work providing a solid foundation…no matter where I go next!
Every single one of those experiences has brought me to this exact moment. The moment where I’m getting ready to spread my wings and fly. The moment where I choose to see myself as ready. The moment where the only thing to do is close my eyes…and jump.
Thanks for the reminder, Karen!
Note: I’ll be on eFitFamily radio talking about The Miracle Journal tomorrow (Tuesday) at 4 p.m. EST. Join us at www.blogtalkradio.com/efitfamily!