Updated: Oct 3, 2019
I recently went to hear a friend of mine speak at a women's function and needed to write something down. When I opened the writing tablet that I keep in my purse, it opened to this quote:
"When you are aware of awareness, awareness is aware of you."
A few days after that I received an e-mail from an author, Derek Rydall, and this is what he had to say, in part:
"Your life's work is encoded in your life story.
It turns out it's true that nothing is an accident -the universe is so efficient and divinely organized, that everything you've gone through has been preparing you to be the perfect instrument to fulfill your unique purpose and make your one-of-a-kind impact in the world.
It's all been designed into the pattern, program, and purpose of your life."
I love this thought!
Stop and think about how powerful that is; I believe it is absolutely true.
Here's an example of what I am talking about. Lately, there seems to be a renewed interest in Shirley Temple, the child actress that was such a big hit in the early 1940s. I just saw a clip on Facebook of her dancing and singing in one of her movies. After watching that I had an awareness of myself and how I felt at that same age, feeling untalented, very shy, unwanted and not pretty.
I still remember my older sisters coming home from watching a Shirley Temple movie and both of them gushing over the fact that she was so adorable, so talented and so precocious.
Now the reason I am bringing this up after all this time is that I just realized that my latest children's book, Teeny Tiny Tina and her Teeny Cousin Sadie, is actually about me and how I felt as a child. I loved Shirley Temple and wanted to be like her. I think she was the inspiration for the character Sadie in my story. I envied the fact that she (Sadie) could dance and sing and I (Tina) cannot.
Then, realizing that I can help others (teaching Sadie to write and read) and asking Sadie to help me to learn to dance and sing a song. When we help others, we help ourselves, and when we are not afraid to do something that we think we can't do, we learn we really do have more knowledge, talents, and wisdom in us than we first thought.
I have been asked over and over again, where my stories come from and how I come up with them. My answer is what Mother Teresa expressed in her quote, "I'm a little pencil in the hand of a writing God, who is sending a love letter to the world ." It’s true, but what is also true is that my life's work is encoded in my life's story.
There is so much of me in my other books as well, proving again that everything is within, and our experiences help us to grow and become.
All that we have experienced, and for me, all the stories I write, actually come from within, proving that everything is truly inside of us. We can accomplish all that we want because of the truth that our life's work is encoded in our stories, which point us to our true life purpose when we become aware.
Having that realization should help all of us to embrace our stories and to embrace our enoughness.
I'll end this with another quote by Derek Rydall:
"We didn't come to earth to get anything. We came to awaken our full potential and infuse this dimension with divine light."
-Derek Rydall, Emergence: The End of Self Improvement
If you need some encouragement, I’m here for you.
Love and blessings!
Children’s Book Author