Welcome to Following the Whispers blog

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Hope you enjoy your stay. I blog here whenever I feel the need. This blog was created at the time my memoir came out, in February, 2009. Its motto was: creating a life of inner peace and self-acceptance from the depths of despair. Now, my focus is sharing this journey we call life.

“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf

“We are called human beings, not human doings.” Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Theodore Roosevelt

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Teaching an old dog new tricks

I thought the old adage that you can't teach an old dog new tricks was true until Aunt Charlotte called me Saturday morning. Aunt Charlotte is 93 years old, weighs more than 300 pounds and is a stubborn, tough, Hungarian Jew. I've known her my entire life and have never heard her say she's wrong. She didn't speak to her own brother for 20 years, because he slighted or insulted her in some way.

First, she asked if I would please send her another copy of my memoir. "My nieces grew up with an alcoholic mother," she said, "and your book might help them." Then she blew away that old adage. "I haven't spoken to one of my nieces because she never calls me, "Aunt Charlotte said. "But I'm wrong. I'm going to write her a letter and tell her how much I love her and want her in my life."

As I put the telephone down I told my husband, Gary, that my book was already successful, no matter how many copies are sold. My intention was to inspire others to look inside themselves to heal, and my 93-year-old aunt did just that.

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