So these past few weeks with getting the books, starting the disseminating and sharing all of them has been amazing, powerful, overwhelming and lots of FUN!
People are sharing their stories of their response when they first read the book, letting me know their thoughts, letting me know they are proud of me for realizing a dream, telling me who they are going to get the book for and my personal favorite- I have been getting lots of great hugs!
A few of my favorite moments so far:
* At my celebration dinner after my first book signing our waiter turned to me and said softly “Wow, you are an author, that is amazing. Do you know how amazing that is? Can I touch it?” And when I laughed and said, “Of course”, he took my creation, my baby in his hands with such reverence. Here was this young man who didn’t even know me, but who wanted to celebrate, who wanted to share in a magical moment.
* Getting phone calls of people who are so touched by the book that they simply cry instead of speak, both of us knowing sometimes that words are simply inadequate.
* Seeing people’s smiles as they come up to give me a hug.
* Not being able to finish a meeting at the Coffee Shop because everyone was stopping by to say congratulations.
* Being able to have something in common with so many that is positive.
For so long after Mitch died it seemed that there was this immense outpouring of love and compassion, but the empty space was still there and the love that was given simply echoed in the emptiness. People were coming by to give hugs, love and support, yet there was an air of sadness and a heaviness that was so pervasive. With this it is so different. It is a celebration of a dream reached, there is a lightness, a sense of hope, there is an electricity that is contagious.
A warning to those of you who are stepping forward in bravery- chasing down and achieving dreams is addictive! The way this book became a reality was by setting little goals that ultimately led to this goal of holding my book in my hands. And since I am still riding high on completing that one I want to set another goal. I know the best way to achieve a goal is by telling people about it, people that can hold you accountable, people that can help you achieve it. So here it is, what I haven’t even allowed myself to voice out loud yet.
By August 7th of 2012 I want to have sold 10,000 books.
A large part of who I am is because I am a Minnesotan and as everyone knows Minnesota is the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Thus 10,000 seems like a fitting number.
August 7th of 2007 is the day we lost Mitch, and I know to the depths of my toes that he would have been my biggest cheerleader in this effort.
One of his favorite songs was Imagine by John Lennon, and it seems fitting to set a lofty goal in his honor. Mitchell was a dreamer, a large heart in a lanky body that loved hard and lived fast. He would approve of me doing something that scared me, that stepped me out of my comfort zone. He was constantly pushing the limits of life, in true boy fashion he was drawn to anything that had wheels and could go faster than your mother would approve of and he was forever encouraging me to stop caring so much what others thought. “Erica- just live your life the way you want to.” So this is what I want, and I am going to drive fast and stop asking questions that get in the way of achieving dreams.
Another lesson I have learned along the way, you don’t always have to know the how, you just have to have the desire. I have found when it is right for me, when it is in service to the greater good, to my purpose here on earth it just unfolds. As long as I continue to show up, work hard and listen to that little voice of love that I hold inside my heart things work out and the next step appears.
I also know that in living out the question I will get my answers.
So how will I get to 10,000? I have a feeling that will be where the magic happens, where hard work on my part meets Divine inspiration and perfect placement. Where by releasing my best work into the world it will find it’s own way on it’s merits and a little help from my friends. Already it has begun to do what I have hoped from the beginning… after people get it, they read it and realize, oh wow, this applies to my mom, my friend, my sister, my aunt… because the truth of the matter is that there are so many times we are in the In-Between… healing, learning, loving, hurting, falling, rising, and growing… and this speaks to that place.
And if you want to find out more about the book go here.
And if you have read it, if you have shared it with others I would love to hear your responses, your thoughts… by far that has been the best part of releasing this dream into the world… hearing how it has touched others. Leave your comments down below, or on the Facebook page, or by e-mail- compassioninallthings at gmail.com
Thank you for filling me up with your love, my heart is full to overflowing.