This is the story of the creation of Kindred and the Ralph Waldo Emerson quote that drove its development. A perspective on “the second mountain” (the title of David Brooks’ most recent book) and what it means to reinvent yourself at the age of 51. Because if you are going to start over (again) then why wouldn’t you create a life and work that is exactly what you desire? What does it mean to strive to reach your highest potential and how do you get there? This is a journey of self-discovery, allowance and the inner guidance of wisdom that lives within all of us, if we just listen.
“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate the beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is an expectation. It is what we strive for. It is our greatest wish for our lives, for our children’s lives. “I just want you to be happy,” we say to those we love. In our pursuit, however, we can get lost on our way; or settle; or convince ourselves that we have no other options than to stay in a situation or relationship or job that has stolen our joy. This is an exploration into why so many of us are looking in the wrong places for happiness, along with some guidance on how to get back on track.
When life doesn’t go as planned and desperation sets in, where do you turn for solace and answers? A personal account of ten years of infertility, a lesson in letting go of control and the hope that came from the most unexpected places. What follows is an excerpt from the blog of the same name: With hope you can get through another day. With hope, you can resume your dreaming and plotting and planning. With hope, you don’t mind waking up again. All anyone needs in times of desperation is a little hope to hang onto.
“There are only two ways to live your life: as though nothing is a miracle, or as though everything is a miracle.” Albert Einstein