The universe shows up in funny ways.

The other morning, as I was working out, I was thinking about Raising Myself and how much I’m looking forward to finding a publisher and having it “out there.” I also began to think about why. Why? Why does it matter so much to me to see this through? Why am I on this journey?

Of course, a main reason is because it will be fun. It will be fun to go through the publishing process, and to see my book as a real book. It will be fun to choose a cover, and write my acknowledgements. It will be fun to see it in a bookstore, and on Amazon. It will be tons of fun. Also, I love to write. I love to connect with people. And I love the idea that my story can help – and heal – others.

I really love that idea. In fact, as I was working the elliptical in the fitness center of the hotel I was staying at for the coaching program, I re-remembered, and re-admitted, that one of the most important reasons, if not the most important reason, I want Raising Myself “out there” is because I want to have impact. Big impact.

I want to share whatever I’ve learned (and made up) along my journey with others, so that their journey can perhaps be easier. As my brother says, it will make it all worth it. So while my legs moved on the machine (and my body stayed in one place), I felt the strength of my desire to somehow add a significant influence of joy in the world. To be “one of those people” who touch others’ lives and affect them for good.

I recommitted myself to my desire to impact for good, finished my workout, went back to my room, got ready for the day, and dove back into the program I was attending. And at the end of the day, Rachel, a woman with whom I had shared the overview of my journey and childhood, came up to me.

“You will have impact,” she told me. (I kid you not, that’s what she said.)

“What?” I answered.

“What you said to me – that you actively choose joy in your life. It will affect so many people. It will reverberate. Like ripples in the water. Victor Frankl said, ‘The last of the human freedoms is to choose one’s attitudes.’ You said that we always have a choice, and that you choose joy. With all you went through, you choose joy. I will remember that. I will tell others. I will use it in my coaching. It will reach so many people and have such impact.”

The universe shows up in funny ways.

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