Many people have already read my book, Love, Care and Share, and the reviews have been incredibly gratifying. I now realize how important it was to write this inspiring book for myself, but also how it has already helped and brought joy and meaning to so many people.
The book reviews and the personal messages I have received for this inspiring book have made every moment
of the journey worthwhile. Even those times when my memories were hard to recall and write about. But most of the writing adventure has been just that; a glorious, engaging and joyful experience which has helped me grow and become even more grateful for all aspects of my life.
Before I tell you about my journey to getting the final, published book in my hands, my book’s introduction explains the first part of why I felt compelled to write Love, Care and Share:
As I embarked on this journey to write my mother’s stories and celebrate this amazing woman’s loving, caring and sharing nature, I wanted to share her way with anyone and everyone who might listen. But as I got into the process of taking my thoughts and memories to the printed word, I realized that my mother was in my life for nearly fifty years and that I was a participant in these stories.
While including friends’ and family members’ tributes to Mom (throughout the book I refer to her as Margie or Mom), I experienced something new and profound: my mother’s guidance is still at work every day of my life. I witnessed her helping others, teaching me that we are all flawed and wounded to varying degrees. Bringing us up to be generous Mom was inspiring me to help others, as she had through her lifetime. She seemed to be calling me to this work, to go the extra mile for others, to help me evolve further, to feel more, open up more, love more often, easier and deeper.
This is exactly what has happened.
In the first part of this book, I shared to the best of my abilities, my memories of Dad, the love of Mom’s life, describing what their marriage and interactions taught me about family and other relationships. About how the deep losses affected us all and Mom in particular. About her secrets, which she kept hidden until it was almost too late. And how, like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Mom fought her demons through sheer will power, all the while with an open heart, helping others. Many readers have had a profound experience understanding the messages throughout the stories you are about to read.
If you do not have any strong beliefs of spiritual or religious leanings, then take a leaf from Margie’s book. If someone was uncomfortable with the term God, Mom would say, “OK, how about this? G.O.D. stands for Good, Orderly Direction. Everybody wants that, yes?”
Margie’s purpose in life was always about everyone seeking and discovering the best within ourselves and bringing out the hero to change the world in the smallest or largest ways possible throughout our lives.
I also shared my own struggle with love and what I have learned along the way. How soon after losing my mother, I nearly lost the love of my life after proposing to her, because I was not yet ready to love fully.
You may want to read this inspiring book from start to finish, but you can also choose any sections which speak to you. The earlier chapters of the book tell my mother’s life story, in a loose chronology. Later chapters show Mom’s impact on those around her through rediscovering herself, and how she used her loving, caring and sharing essence to influence and facilitate the transformation of the lives of many people. The later chapters are my mother’s legacy to us all.
Please go to the next blog post to read more about why I felt compelled to write Love, Care and Share.