Last week I wrote about how I was feeling terrified about publishing my book (The Peaceful Daughter’s Guide To Separating From A Difficult Mother) and how I coached myself out of the terror so I could move forward. I didn’t want to get caught up in my story that would keep me small and hiding…the story that maybe I shouldn’t publish my book because, well, people might not like it and they might get mad.
Here’s the thing: it’s gotten to the point where I can’t NOT do my part. Wayne Dyer knew that. Oliver Sacks (whom I quote in my book), knew that.
At some point we have to take responsibility for creating and sharing what we know is a good thing.
It’s both exciting AND scary. I spent the day on Tuesday feeling ALL the feelings.
Yesterday I chatted with a woman who read my book and booked a mini-session with me. She said: “I started reading your book last night and I’m kind of nervous and kind of excited because, even though I’ve had years and years of therapy, and have read all the books about bad mothers, I can tell yours is going to be the one that really gives me a handle on how to move past it.”
The unspoken part: “But I am not sure I want to or can.”
I sooooo get that.
As my friend and fellow author Caroline Greene says, “I was much happier when I was miserable.”
That’s what happens when we push ourselves into places we’ve never been.
On the one hand, it would be kinda nice to just shrink back from the glare. But I have to own the fact that I can truly help others (as evidenced by the fact that my book hit international best-seller status on Amazon over night, even though it is free), just like all the people who, because they stepped outside their comfort zones and chose to become visible enough for me to find them, truly helped me.
I believe in myself.
I belong here.
My work is important.
I’m an orator in service of the world.
Clarity rises from deep inside of me.
~ Maggie Huffman, author of Whoops, I Forgot To Achieve My Potential (see below)
P.S. Below are non-affiliate links to the 13 other books that were published by The Difference Press alongside mine on September 1. I believe all of them will be available for free throughSeptember 5! These authors have also chosen to become visible and to make a difference!