More memoir cuts

WritingAnother chapter in the memoir completed today. Another section to cut from an old manuscript that included, I guess you could call it “self-help” suggestions, suggestions I’m now not using. Now I’m just (just?) writing the story.


Two simple commands during meditations in Hawaii changed my life forever:

1, Take the joy from your solitude to heal whatever sadness in the world you can heal.

2. TRUST!…a shouted message hard to ignore. Okay! Got it!

I could have decided the work too great, the command ridiculous, a successful outcome impossible when I heard the command to heal whatever sadness I could heal. I laughed. Long and hard. But ridiculous and absurd elicit two different responses. The command, indeed, seemed absurd, so I laughed; what else could I do? The work necessary; the need great.

What’s come of those two commands, in the doing, is that following one feeds the other.

When I teach clients or students to take a deep breath and tell themselves, “Trust, it’ll be okay,” they notice how their body relaxes and how fear or sadness lifts. Healing begins.

Trust. It’ll be okay. Just keep walking. Your path is at your feet; you will not always feel this way. Trust your journey.Trust what you need to learn.

To heal sadness in the world, the best person to begin with is you. At least, that was my journey. This memoir is the journey.