A big thank you for those who took time to like my last post. It is not easy for me to expose myself. There are parts of me that wish I didn’t have to put myself out there. There was a time in my life when I did not know what ‘joy’ felt like. Of course I experienced happy moments but when I was asked to recapture a feeling of joy, I just couldn’t do it. Nowadays my life is so joyful and I would be quite happy to fill my days with the simple things of life … but I know that there is more to this last part of my journey than that. Never before have I experienced the strong daily promptings that remind me of the vast life experiences which have left me with a strong sense of purpose. My writing and speaking are an integral part of that and to be still relevant in the corporate space is such an unexpected joy.
As part of the writing course that I have undertaken, I have been given the task of building a platform. Gone are the days in the nineties when all I had to do was send my manuscripts to the publisher and apart from several layers of editing, they would do the rest and I could just enjoy the thrill of seeing my books on shelves, oh and receive the occasional royalty cheques. How things have changed. Now it seems the publisher wants to know what kind of a platform you have; how many Social Media contacts you engage with and how you are putting yourself out there. This is the aspect of writing that daunts me.
During this week I had one of those days that was imbued with self doubt. Was I really in line with my purpose? My days have been crowded with a project which has been particularly challenging. As often is the case on such occasions, I sent my question out there and several things happened. One occurred as I was waiting for my hair to be cut. The woman next to me struck up a conversation that was particularly pertinent. She had been struggling with severe post traumatic stress disorder following a gang rape she had experienced several years before. The hairdresser told her about my book and she was really interested. To cut a long story short, she felt that we were meant to meet on that day and thanked me for the conversation which she found helpful. She also purchased my book. Continue reading