This week, many are celebrating the romantic love associated with Valentine’s Day. Some of you may even have plans to share an intimiate dinner for two tonight. But for just a moment, I’d like to talk about love of a different kind.
Currently, I’m working on a new book. Well, I guess if I’m technical about it, I’m actually writing three new manuscripts right now, all in various stages. All on different topics. All connected to the heart in unique ways.
From the Crime Scene to the Home Scene: Living Happy, Healthy, and Whole While Submerged in Tragedy, Trauma, and Death, is a project I’m co-authoring and self-publishing with my training and speaking colleague, Darren Dake. Darren and I co-hosted the Engaging Life and Leadership podcast, and he is the founder and host of the widely popular, Coroner Talk™ podcast, today.
Our goal in penning Crime Scene to Home Scene is to give voice to those who work in emergency services: law enforcement, firefighters, EMS workers, and death investigators in the field.
When I researched for and wrote Getting Through What You Can’t Get Over, I unknowingly stumbled onto a need for those who sacrifice and risk their lives for others every day. Shortly after that book released, my region was rocked by the Ferguson, Missouri crisis, which sadly, has now escalated emotions on all sides, fueling the need that conceived this manuscript.
Untangled: 15 Strategies for Helping Women Triumph Over Twisted Emotions, is another collaborative project. This time, I team up with Karen Jordan, author of Words That Change Everything, and Kathryn M. Graves, whose debut we are honored to share.
As women, we understand the challenges females face in their every day wrestlings with their own feelings. But we’ve also lived long enough on planet Earth, (do I dare tell you our combined life experience tops 150 years?), to have learned some genuinely helpful ways to comb through the knots our own emotions can get us into? Think practical meets spiritual, and you’ll have a good idea of what we are offering.
On Purpose, With Purpose, for a Purpose: Discovering the Real Reason You Exist, however, is my book where I’m writing about a different kind of love — three different types of love actually. But for now, I want to focus on the first. The reason I call this a different type, is simply because many are afraid to talk about this love in a healthy way.
I’m talking about self-love. Not the narcissistic version where you are self-absorbed, self-centered, and self-arrogant, but the kind of love that allows you to look in the mirror and accept what you see as a God-designed human being with talents, abilities, and gifts, and a potential to become what he had in mind when he knitted you in your mother’s womb.
Most people I’ve met don’t feel this way when they face the person in the mirror — even narcissists.
So on this week of highlighting love, I want to leave you with a challenge. Find a mirror, look deep into the eyes of the person you see there, and dare to accept them. Consider how they are reflected in their Maker’s eyes — then dare to believe he sees them, and loves what he sees. Now that’s something to celebrate.
Do you have a healthy relationship with yourself?
Anita Fresh Faith
Anita Brooks, CPT, CLTF, CCS, motivates others to dynamic break-throughs. Blending mind, heart, body, and spirit, as an Inspirational Business/Life Coach, International Speaker, and Common Trauma Expert. She shares hope and encouragement on the stage and from the page — reminding 21st century audiences, “It’s never too late for a fresh start with fresh faith.”
Anita is also a multi-published, award-winning author. Her most recent titles include Readers’ Favorite International and Florida Authors and Publisher’s Association Award Winner: Getting Through What You Can’t Get Over, Barbour Publishing, and Death Defied-Life Defined: A Miracle Man’s Memoir, Clovercroft Publishing. All of her titles are available at major and independent bookstores as well as from online retailers.
Anita is quoted as saying, “Reading is my obsession while writing is my compulsion.” Her life’s passion is inspiring others to transform life’s battles into lasting victories.
For pure pleasure, Anita’s favorite pastime is watching sunsets with her husband of thirty-three years, while they laugh and dip their toes in a Missouri river or lake. She adores her grandchildren, but she also wants to hear about those you love.
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