Personal Highs, Lows and Triumphs in 2018
2018 has been a year of highs and lows. I signed two great book deals AND I lost my beloved 13 year old Whippet Franklin.
I worked on the books as Frank slowly deteriorated, it was a time of painful denial. As I wrote, Frank was dying and I did my best to pretend he would be okay.
The last few days of September in Asheville, NC were August hot, and Frank luxuriated in the sunshine I had taken him away from in my move from Los Angeles three years earlier. That final day held a gut wrenching grief that I had feared when the moment came.
Death changes you. It softens and deepens you. It makes you recognize just how deeply you can and do love.
Thirteen years earlier, my beloved dog Billy died days before we brought the rescued Franklin Delano Roosevelt home. I was in grief over that loss.
I looked at Frank, this 4 month old puppy and told him I could never love him as much as Billy. He looked at me with the loving eyes that never faded, and time proved me right.
I did not love Frank as much as Billy, I loved him more.
As we look back at the challenges, triumphs, pain and pleasure…my three this year are:
- I now know what it feels like to be a truly successful writer/author
- I was profoundly loved by a small creature that hung on longer than predicted, not because I loved him, but because he loved me
- We can only honor a loss, by investing in love again
What are your look back experiences? What is your story?
Today, as my gift to you – is the recording of my reading Penelope and Pickle – the original fable that inspired the Grief Card.
If you like it – You can purchase the full fable collection until 12/9/18 at 90% off! That’s right The retail price of $197.00 is now $19.97.
See you in a few days.
P.S. I’d love to hear about your challenges, triumphs and pain and pleasure? What is your story? Please let me know in the comments below.