I got this bestselling book of Alin Austin – “ 100 Things to Remember and One Thing to Never Forget” 5 years ago one day while I was doing my usual thing of strolling down the mall. They conduct the occasional book sales and discounts and this book caught my eye. It’s not just an ordinary book for as its back cover says: “it is written with wisdom and sensitivity…poetic messages are presented in a very touching way, with personal feelings and universal thoughts that reflect a lot of love!”
The first part starts with these: “Your presence is a present to the world. You’re unique and one of a kind. Your life can be what you want it to be. Take the days just one at a time.” Many of us feel “left out” in our own world, ignored, with bruised egos and live the life of a “hermit” for many years. They think that they don’t possess what it takes to make it to the top and are too obsessed of gaining the approval and attention of others. Each individual is unique so it says here and each of us has our own talents and skills we can offer to the world. We just have to step out of our comfort zone and be willing to take the risks, prove to ourselves and not merely to other people that we too can make it!
I was once a “hermit” too, caught up in my own world, keeping my thoughts to myself, me and I. But then the innate talent or what I consider a “gift” from heaven in organizing ideas on my mind and writing them down is just too hard to resist. I finally let go, changed careers and enjoyed my life as a freelance writer and what a relief I felt! I wasn’t the old Elizabeth everyone knew before – I was free as a bird “casting” my magical powers in every article, poems, short story, blogs I write. Like one passage again from the book: “You’re an original, an individual, a masterpiece- celebrate that. Don’t let your uniqueness make you shy. Don’t be someone other than the wonder you are. Every star is important to the sky.”
The last page bears this passage: “And don’t ever forget – for even a day- how very special you are.” For me, that one thing to never ever forget is to love yourself first which leads you to loving others sincerely, honestly and unconditionally. In that way, everyone you meet in this lifetime wouldn’t ever forget you, not even a single day!