socio-political self-help and stuff
Now, let me be really clear here. I am not a gardener. Nor am a psychologist, psychiatrist, counselor, life coach or anything associated with the mental health profession. Save former patient. What I am, however, is someone just like you. Maybe a little more bad ass.1 Someone who’s experienced a lot of life. And through this life, I have experienced earth-shattering change several times over and am fortunate enough to have reached a steady landing.
So who am I to tell someone how to change their life? To paraphrase Marianne Williamson,2 “who am I not?” But to give you a little insight on my life and some of my change, here’s the ten-second version: I am a thirty-something former teen-mom high school dropout retired attorney. I said a little more bad ass and a lot of life… You’ll find more of my story on the following pages.
In having the courage to reject the life that I’d chosen, I’ve discovered the true nature of my life’s purpose. It is my duty to help others do the same, to discover and celebrate the life that lives within. To discover what freedom means to them. And to be happy in every moment. To get historical on you, it’s all about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,3 beyond its intended meaning back in 1776. Understanding that it all means something different to each of us. Which doesn’t mean that we cannot learn from the blessings and lessons of others.
I do not pretend that in these pages, you’ll find the secret to happiness. Or that somewhere in my words, I will tell you exactly what you need to do in order to get where you are trying to go. Because I don’t. I offer you what I’ve done and how I did it. And not in chronological order. I share with you my methods and thought processes for how I changed my life. But in the end, I trust that you will find your way. All I’ve got are seeds, so…
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1 I’ve broken my spine twice. What!?
2 Williamson, Marianne. Our Deepest Fear, A Return to Love. New York: HarperCollins, 1992. Print.
3 Preamble to the Declaration of Independence (U.S. 1776).