For the last few weeks I have had such a sense of euphoria and thinking what a wonderful BEAUTIFUL world we live in. My life is truly magical and amazing! I am embarking on some very exciting new opportunities.
Last week I received a copy of my first published book and I can not tell you the feeling I had holding it in my hands! I wanted to shout it to the world and celebrate till the cows came home!
But then my euphoric bubble burst and I have been on a roller coaster ride of emotions. Why am I so blessed when so much turmoil is happening all around me?
Friends and co-workers living not so far away are experiencing one of the worst natural disasters in many years. Entire cities have been flooded by rising rivers due to torrential rains. Major destruction and devastation has affected several cities in southern Alberta. Many people have lost homes and possessions and over a 100,000 people have been evacuated.
I have a very close friend whose family has had some health issues and are struggling financially with the poor economic situation in the US.
My step-dad has been diagnosed with malignant liver cancer.
And I am wanting to celebrate?!?
I had to take a step back and put things into perspective. Even though things are wonderful in my world, this is not the case for many others.
There are lessons in all of our experiences and what I have learned this week is this:
I need to be grateful and continue to focus on the positive and all the wonderful things happening in my life - and yes, I deserve to celebrate and not feel guilty! Thank You God!
AND I also need to have compassion and sensitivity and not be oblivious to those who may be suffering and provide love, support, understanding and assistance in any way I can. That is what I know for sure! Be well and stay safe!
Love and GRATITUDE,
Well the book is written, edited, designed and soon to be in my hands and available to the public. I am quickly learning that writing the book is the easy part. Now comes the campaign building, marketing, and book launch to prepare for.
I am very excited and enjoying the process, but I can't help but feel a little apprehensive. Soon my deepest, darkest secrets and many personal family experiences will be revealed for all the world to see. My biggest fear is that people will think differently of me.
I have been asked the question, why did you write the book? Well, here is the quickest and simplest answer. For years, I have had a voice in my head saying "write a book". I have had it planned and envisioned in my head, I had started it a dozen or more times, and now it is finally a reality. Thoughts become things - as they say. It is cool to know that I have manifested this, but am I really ready for it? I tell myself that everyone has a story, and our stories are meant to be shared with others so that others can learn and benefit from them.
That is the reason I wrote the book, to help and inspire others. I know the pain of depression, infertility and loss. It is my heartfelt wish that if my book helps even one other person overcome this pain and suffering, then the book has done its purpose.
Love and joy,
Hello! My name is Carla Lindgren Coates. Through Thorns I Thrive is my new book. It is about my journey that took me from the depths of hell to living heaven here on earth. For fifteen years I suffered with the pain of depression and infertility. I was majorly obese. My life was a living hell.
Several major events happened that helped me turn all that around. I am now living an amazing life free from depression, I am able to maintain a healthy weight, and my life is full of joy and meaning.
If you have ever suffered from depression, weight issues, or loss of any kind then Through Thorns I Thrive will resonate with you.
I would love to hear your comments. Please email me by going to my Contacts page.
Bye for now!
Wishing you much joy, peace, and good health,
Carla Lindgren Coates