"...everything can be taken away from a man but one thing:
the last of the human freedoms:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances...,
to choose one's own way."
-Victor Frankl, Holocaust survivor
As many of my readers know, much of my journey has been about trying to have another child. Yet, to say it's been "to no avail" wouldn't be completely accurate. To no avail means no benefit or no result. Although the outcome isn't as I originally hoped, there have been many life lessons and blessings along the way.
I was at a workshop in April 2011 and a gentleman offered these words to me without knowing the aspects of my "story;" He said, "my word for you would be fertility." Huh. He explained further by saying, "I get the sense that there is something extraordinary that has been planted in you." I was very touched by this sentiment.
The truth is...something extraordinary has been implanted within each one of us. When we truly pay attention, we begin to see the extraordinary that exists not only in ourselves, but also in others. One of my current activities involves mentoring a group of young women who have had a difficult start in life and the depth, beauty and wisdom they possess is so awe-inspiring. It truly is an honor to be a part of their journey.
We are each born to create and express ourselves in the ways that are unique to our individual journeys and yet serves the greater whole. Use what's been given, we are often told. How we choose to give birth to all that lives within us--that remains our choice. Life is about making choices. Every choice creates an experience.
Yesterday, we celebrated our daughter's ninth birthday and I received another beautiful surprise. I opened my email to find the proofs for the interior design and cover design of my new book, Messages from Children...and What They Can Teach Grownups.
I was overcome with joy and immense gratitude for being a part of another beautiful creation that is intended to help others pay attention to all of life, use their creative gifts and live life more meaningfully, while being respectful of others. I wasn't holding a newborn baby in my arms and yet the feelings I experienced were similar. It feels as though I have given birth once again.
What gifts are waiting inside of you to be born? Sometimes we have to let go of what could have been or what should have been in order to make room for the gifts that are readily available to us, here and now.
Love and blessings,