by Chrissy Guinery
In my quiet times when I’m sprawled on a towel in the sun or staring into a fire, or walking on the beach or strolling through the bush, I’m reflecting on the journey. The journey of writing neither begins nor ends with a book – the book is merely a part of the ‘whole’.
As I’ve laid myself bare within the pages, others are finding a safe place to lay themselves bare. It is very healing. Sometimes a problem (or a secret shame) put out there into the cosmos makes way for the healing vibes to penetrate and restore, to bring wholeness. Some of the things we go through in life are not nice, not pleasant, and really wound us, deeply. Yet it seems by sharing these experiences the wound doesn’t seem as deep, the events and dramas don’t seem as damaging. It is as though by putting it ‘out there’ something beautiful is given permission to grow within our soul.
I never want to be too busy to listen, to care, to stop and hug another, to embrace and share a smile, lend a shoulder and shed a tear with others. Is this achievable? I guess I am working that out.
It’s an incredible journey – on the edge of fame – it seems that many ‘know’ me as my anonymity begins to fade. Yet, other doors open. Doors wide enough to embrace many. Doors safe enough to share and dust off the dirt to journey ahead, glistening in the sunshine, shining a new bright light that had been hidden beneath the pain. What an incredible thing it is to share life stories with others. What a privilege. What a joy.
I’m feeling overwhelmed and humbled with the wonderful response to my book, as people get back to me on the motivation they feel rising within them. A new hope rising, empowering, rejuvenating.
I wrote Falling Up Stairs with the intention of bringing encouragement and inspiration to others, so I shouldn’t be surprised the book is already fulfilling its purpose, but there is a big difference between wishing and hoping for something and actually seeing it come to fruition.
It is funny really – I wrote a book to encourage people and now, daily, people are responding to the book’s charm and writing to me to encourage me! Haha! What a wonderful joy to be sharing.
Bless you, my empowered friend.