Almost a year ago, I introduced you to my book, The Lost Things. Some were interested enough to get monthly instalments of the story. That’s done now, so I’ve released the entire book on Amazon for you all.
While a tantalising chapter with a cliffhanger ending might do it for some, I have learnt that most prefer to hold the actual book and read at their own pace, maybe to check the ending makes the story worth reading or to know what the book is called as you read it, unlike the many forgotten titles of the Kindle books we all read.
At the end of this post, I’ve added the opening pages to tempt you into getting your hands on the whole thing. It’s a story that will touch your heart and maybe even change the way you see the people around you, or yourself. I really hope you step into the tale I’ve crafted for you, and find it’s worth reading.
I came across this quote from CS Lewis that I’ve been pondering: “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.”
I will confess something to you. Somewhere in my head as I feel embarrassment about how I walk and move, I have wrongly associated shame with humility. Being humble has absolutely nothing to do with feeling bad about yourself. As CS Lewis reminded me, it has everything to do with forgetting about yourself and focusing on how you see the people around you.
Of course, you can’t help other people until you realise that you are of immense value first. Don’t think less of yourself. Once you understand that you are worthy of all the love people have for you, you can love in return. Humility is not about feeling bad about yourself, it is about making other people feel good. You can’t do that until you have a healthy opinion of yourself. It is only when your heart is filled up with love that you can let it spill over onto others.
I had an encounter with my ever kind green grocer that reinforced that this week. He always tells me to be careful, but this time when I looked at him I saw that his face was covered in cuts. He had fallen when he was training for the marathon and told me he hadn’t had the courage to go out running since then. Now that is something I could relate to!
So if you’re feeling low, don’t think badly of yourself. Look around you and see that there are others in situations not unlike your own. And maybe you can use what you’re going through to help them too.
Every week I try to direct my posts away from myself, but for some time now, they seem to always start with me. I, I, I. Obviously, that is the world I operate in and know best but there’s got to be something more to talk about.