important. I’m not a celebrity. I have nothing of value to offer. Yes, you do, my heart argued. So I began to write, a chapter or two. And that was as far as I got.
A year passed. The whisper returned. I wrote another chapter. And again I put it away. Another year passed and I repeated the cycle. I had four chapters now. Still, I doubted.
Last year I participated in a collaborative book called The 28-Day Thought Diet. I contributed a chapter and edited the book. The process was amazing. Being part of a collective work opened huge windows of opportunity, growth, and excitement. It wasn’t just about my story. I was part of a bigger whole. A network of authors who together made a bigger impact than they could on their own. What an idea!
When the whisper of F.A.I.T.H. returned this last time, I was ready. Not only could I
help one woman at a time to write from the heart, now I could support an empowerment of women and their stories.
The purpose of F.A.I.T.H. is to inspire others to find the answers they’ve been seeking and awake to their potential. Little did I know that the journey would begin with me, my connection to the people around me. Inviting them to participate in the book brought up a
constant dose of doubt, fear, and worry. Being a kind, caring, compassionate person wasn’t enough if I didn’t reach out and ask. People don’t automatically sign up. Emails go unread. Phone calls are often unreturned. You have to be persistent. You have to be determined. And you have to have faith. For a person who always wants to know the next step—me—trust can be elusive and incomprehensible.
There is a happy ending to the story. I did reach out. I did gather together amazing authors to share their stories of inspiration. And F.A.I.T.H. is scheduled to be published in June of this year. All of this was possible—is possible—because I’m passionate about what I do. And I listened to my heart.
Think about the connections in your life. The way the people around you think, feel, and act. What are their problems, conflicts, issues? How can you help them overcome those fears? What solutions do you offer?
Your heart guides you every day. Do you heed the signals—the pulls and tugs and nudges—it sends out? Pay attention. These are the connections you want in your writing.