I am ecstatic to announce the global community book project, Passion over Past, is officially complete and the book is now available for purchase online!
Who knew pursuing one small, simple idea I had last March (2014) would completely transform my journey. These past 15 months have been some of the most challenging, yet outrageously satisfying days of my life! Never did I think that following my inner light, living spontaneously, surrendering my ego and restoring my trust in humanity would lead me to India, but more importantly also to a place where I am constantly beaming with happiness as I am living a life I whole-heartedly love!
The small, simple idea I had developed into a book called Passion over Past (P>P). P>P is a global community book project that stands for transforming the world together, one testimony at a time. It consists of compelling self-written testimonies from women all over the world, who have experienced ‘difficulty’ because they were victims of abuse or they encountered a challenging life experience. While the women’s testimonies detail the hardships they endured and struggles they faced, the point of empowerment stems from their moment of realization — the moment when they realized they could ‘choose to be’ powerful in spite of their past experiences. By understanding The Power of Choice and The Power of Testimony, primary themes in the book, readers will discover how to transform their attitudes, thoughts and actions, realizing all experiences in life are valuable and precious gifts.
Throughout my journey, especially once I got to India, I had to remind myself of this; that although I was not clear on the outcome of the project, nor did I know how it was all going to come together, every day I was passionately living a life of my choosing because I was aware of my Power of Choice. While, I’ve always considered myself to be a self-motivated, confident person, this book project required that I enact my power and accept that I, like all human beings, possess inner greatness and need to trust that greatness.
There’s a pure, unique energy that’s within everything and everyone on this planet, and each one of us has special gifts, talents, ideas and inner greatness that the world NEEDS for us to share. “The world needs that special gift that only YOU have” – Marie Forleo. While I was not clear on what my gifts and talents were, I knew that I had a few great strengths that I could share with the world, so I focused on developing those. One of my strengths included story telling. As a child, my dramatized stories about day-to-day encounters usually landed me a time-out with a few spankings, but that just goes to show my commitment to sharing stories and ensuring I was heard. When it came to the book project, I utilized the Power of my Testimony (my story) to connect with people. Ultimately, the more I openly and authentically shared my sexual harassment story, the more people began to open up and share their testaments of resilience.
Over the last year, I connected and built relationships with a number of people from several countries. Each person I met and each story I heard truly added something special to my life and I am SO grateful for all the lessons I have learned and perspective I have gained because these individuals chose to share their experiences.
From the beginning, this project was labelled as a collective project because I believe in the POWER of community and the amazing results we can produce when we work together and support one another. I am so grateful that I, along with all the participants in this book, chose to own their testimony and utilize it for the greater good of others. I had no idea that sharing would lead to such a powerful result, but I am so blessed to have walked this path and am thrilled, honoured and excited to share this collective book project with the world! This book is proof that one should never doubt where a small, simple idea may lead, for it may lead to the extraordinary!
If I’ve learned anything these last 15 months it’s don’t leave this world with your song still inside of you. Let ‘it’ – whatever it may be – be heard, and proudly share your gifts, talents, ideas and strengths with the world! If you’re not clear on what those are, remember we can always choose to be loving and kind to others. I believe your purpose will surface through service.
Lastly, sometimes we need to trust in an outcome that hasn’t yet taken form and live as if it has already come to into being. The result of that trust led me to the incredible place I am now which is extraordinary and magical! “[Consider] entertaining the exact opposite of what you’ve been conditioned to believe.” – Wayne W. Dyer, for you never know where it may lead…
Her first post about this book can be read here: http://www.wetalkwomen.org/passion-over-past-project/