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“Stop completing things and start living them.” ~John Stewart

If you are a regular reader of my Monday morning blog, you are most likely aware that I’ve been writing a book for the past year and a half.

I never dreamed that my baby would be birthed during such a turbulent time in our world. Inspired by the passing of my dear friend, Christina, as many of you are aware, who was taken by cancer February 1, 2019, I found myself thrust into a exploration of the nature of life, loss and letting go.

I believe the book’s message of carving a purpose from pain—and the lessons we can learn from grief and the letting go process—are timely, true and universal; we are all experiencing loss and grief.

In a nutshell, its essential theme frames this question: How do you carve a purpose from a landslide of pain in order to find peace?

Well, Four Fridays: Lessons Learned by Letting Go was published this week, and I hope you will read it. (Audio book is completed and should be available within a week or so.)

The first reader review appeared on Amazon a couple of days ago:

“An amazing read! This book is pure emotional poetry…”

Wow. Thank you, whoever you are. May all readers find it as rewarding as you did.

And now, in the midst of a pandemic, when the entire world has been stopped as suddenly as a driver slamming on the car’s brakes when a dog darts out onto the road, that which has been my focus and my fuel for two years has also come to an end.

I can make no other changes. No more edits, adjustments, additions. Nothing else to finish. It’s complete.

Nothing left but to live it. And I have no idea what that means. Yet. Because I’m in the space between, the space between what was and what will be.

Seems the whole world is in that place.

In our instant gratification, one-click culture, it’s the in-between times that challenge us most.

Patience and long-term thinking have not been well exercised in recent times, and our patience muscles have atrophied a bit.

Fuel and focus. We need both—individually and collectively—to move forward into an uncharted future.

But we need patience, too, while that future slowly reveals itself.

Because even during the in-between times we must also live.

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