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“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” ~ Buddha
“I Must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me and when it is gone past, I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone, there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” ~ Frank Herbert, Dune
Last July, when Barry and I were in the Pacific Northwest, we got to talking with my youngest sister, her husband, and their daughter about forming a family book club group. Then we met their new neighbors, who are now friends of theirs and they wanted to join in too. We’ve read two books together. The first was The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab. The one we are discussing today is The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. Each book was chosen by a different member of the group, but they have similar themes. The main characters make a fateful choice about their lives, and over the course of each book, they examine what their lives might have been like had they made a different choice.
There have been times when I questioned the choices I’ve made and what my life would be like if I’d chosen a different path, but now that I’m older, I feel grateful for the direction my life has gone. I’m living an extremely happy life. I didn’t choose the conventional majors in college and graduate school. I only worked a short time in the corporate world. When I was teaching, I rarely followed some of the, in my mind, silly rules that the administration wanted me to follow. I wanted to connect with and inspire my students, not be their jailer. Theatre is also an outlier sort of course to teach. High schools and colleges push the sciences rather than the arts. But, if you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time you know I don’t believe most sciences can help us understand our emotions the way stories can.
With that in mind, I want you to know that my online course, “Saving the World One Story at a Time” is now live and I’m looking for more “test students” to take and rate the class. There are 18 lessons about 15 minutes each. The entire course is about 4 1/2 hours long. If you are interested in taking it, message me and I’ll send you the coupon code and link. Below is the landing page artwork created by my husband, Barry.
As I’ve developed my Story-Power podcast, and now this new course, I realize my mission is to help as many people as possible become more emotionally grounded and healed. If we want the world to become more loving, with humans connecting in vibrant and loving ways, we have to heal ourselves first.
I could go into all of the latest discoveries of quantum physicists which prove that we are all connected and that my perspective about the world around me, is completely affected by how I expect it to look. But I don’t want to do that much research to add here. I’ll just say that you might want to go read about two of the latest Nobel Prize recipients whose research proves that very thing.
We think that what we think and feel has little to no affect on those around us, but we are wrong. There is no hiding and there is no denying our responsibility for affecting the people and even situations in far distant locations from where we live. We are much more powerful than we ever imagined. Our choices matter, even seemingly insignificant choices like choosing how we’re going to feel and interact with those around us at any given time. Ask yourself, do I chose to be happy, or do I choose to grumble about my life? What outcome do you experience from those choices? When I’ve asked myself those questions I’m often surprised that I choose to complain and at times be miserable. Those are the thought patterns I’ve been working to change.
I’d love to know if you’ve ever thought about the choices you have made, and what you’ve learned from examining your life path.
Thanks for reading, liking, and commenting.
Lucinda Sage-Midgorden © 2023
The Space Between Time
Lucinda is the author of The Space Between Time, an award finalist in the “Fiction: Fantasy” category of the 2017 Best Book Awards.
Have you ever experienced life shattering events? Yeah, after the last few years, most of us have. In The Space Between Time, Jenna Holden gets slammed by her fiancé walking out, her mother’s untimely death, and losing her job all in one week. But she receives unexpected help when she finds her three-times great-grandmother’s journals and begins the adventure of a lifetime.
The Space Between Time is available in all ebook formats at Smashwords and for Kindle at Amazon, or you can find the ebook at iBooks or Barnes and Noble. If you prefer a physical copy, you can find a print-on-demand version at Amazon. Stay tuned for news when the audiobook version is published.
Lucinda is also the host of Story-Power a podcast where she and her guests discuss their creative endeavors, and/or the stories that have changed their lives. It’s available here on Sage Woman Chronicles and on Apple, Google, and Spotify podcast apps. Please rate and leave a review. It helps people find me.
I’m so passionate about stories that I created the Story-Power podcast and Patreon communities so I’d have an excuse to talk story with other story lovers. If you’re passionate about stories too, and want to talk about what you’ve learned from your favorites, come join me at patreon.com/StoryPower.
If you are a podcaster, or have a message or fantastic product you want to share with the world, I encourage you to check out PodMatch. Use the affiliate link and tell them, Lucinda sent you. Then contact me so we can set up a Story-Power chat.