"Dreams are life's way of showing what our destiny is"
"Sometimes, for whatever reason, DESTINY sees fit to rip our dreams away and we don't get a say"
"It's about forgetting that problems and setbacks are a part of our destiny. It's about remembering how precious dreams are"
- Melody Beattie, Author 'The Grief Club'
See, Melody has had a lot happen to her in her lifetime. From being a chronic drug addict, alcoholic when she was young to giving up a child when she had no hope of raising him during her addictions. Then marriage and divorce. Then the worst one, losing her gorgeous son Shane in a skiing accident when he was only 12. Having a chronic back pain all her life until taking on a radical new operation overseas and then finally finding out after being sober for over 20 years that she had tested positive to Hepatitis from sharing needles when she was a drug addict.
So you see, I was looking for a 'mentor' after my downfall and Melody made me feel better. WHY?
Because she walked the walk and talked the talk. Melody was ME!
She talks about the 'food shelves' and lining up for a free feed. One night she had been to the food shelves and left empty handed. She was tired of the struggle. She got into her car and cried....and prayed.....
"Soon you'll never have to worry about money again - unless you want to.
I heard that as clearly as if someone said it in my car. Simultaneously a peace filled the car, a peace so big that my exhaustion disappeared. It wasn't a feeling that sometime in the future things would be OK. Everything was OK now. I drove home, I didn't win the lottery. Something better happened. My self-worth disconnected from my net-worth. I stopped struggling and stepped into peace"
Sometime later Melody celebrated a million dollars in the bank after her book became a best seller.
It's why I read and study. It's why I have taken up philosophy and studied Eastern culture and history. It's why I BELIEVE. Because I am a dot and other dots like Melody Beattie, and Dr Victor Frankl, and Scott F Peck, and millions of other dots are there in books to show me the way 'home'. They are also with me on my Journey, and for that they get my LOVE, which other dots are also showing me how to do.
They let me look in the MIRROR and see THEIR reflection.
And so what do I get out of all of this?
I GET TO TURN THE MIRROR AROUND.........to YOU.........