I've been posting on Facebook but somehow feel this is more my home, and I want to return to more intimacy in my posts, to more continuity for the reader and more knowing of who I am, more piecing together of my parts. Actually that began on Facebook when I took an amazing European trip in June. I posted there but I saw how there was no continuity for the reader. Any post of mine is lumped in with a variety of other posts, from people, wimp.com and politics. How does one focus and put together a more whole picture of what is being read? That is what is motivating me to share my FB post here today. I am working on a third book and to motivate myself to finish it, I am more widely sharing it.
Many of you know I’m working on a third book. My first book, Breast Strokes, was about my journey with cancer, but was really about how we meet what comes. I wrote Love Letters to My Daughters-in-Law to celebrate the richness of two women loving the same man, and how they come together to celebrate their similarities and differences. How do those two women create a nourishing relationship of their own?
This third book has been a challenge as I struggle to integrate a more thorough knowing of who I am in a world that I now understand is about much more than the individual I. I resonate to the words of Albert Einstein:
“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
This morning I am with these words from James Joyce, “Mr. Dufy lived a short distance from his body.” Those words anchor this third book as I come into the body to write about what I learned when I journeyed to the Everest region of Nepal. I was 43. Now I am 67. What have I learned? This is a teaser to tantalize you and motivate me.
As Albert Einstein also said, “Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.”