"Pessimism can take you to rooms
with no exits in a house
of learned helplessness."
This is just one quote from Jan Silvious' inspirational self-help book, but there are many others that will resonate with readers.
Courage for the Unknown Season is for anyone facing a frightening chapter in their lives--from a dire medical diagnosis to the loss of a loved one. It addresses the challenges of aging but also serves as a guide for younger people going through their own difficult seasons. Ms. Silvious bridges the gap between generations and teaches us that we can all learn from one another.
Although I didn't entirely agree with the author's religious perspective, other readers might find her words comforting--a reaffirmation of their faith. Whether you're religious or not, most of the adages in her narrative ring true. "Fear likes to capitalize on things we can't control."
Ms. Silvious shares many personal experiences as well as stories about friends who have weathered tough times. She emphasizes the importance of grieving and reminds us that everyone on earth, past and present, has endured our pain and found ways to survive. None of us is alone...and there is always hope.
Here is an excerpt:
"Are you facing an unknown season? Are you wondering, What just happened? Maybe it's time to work through your grief puzzle. Maybe you have courage that you need to tap into as you begin to look at the puzzle pieces in your box.
"Maybe this is why I'm writing this book, and maybe this is why you're reading it. Maybe it's really about the grief that change brings even when there are pockets of excitement. Maybe it's realizing there is no change without grief. Maybe it's becoming aware that grief is not just for those who have recently lost a loved one but also for all of us as we move from season to season. No matter if we are happily anticipating what's next or sadly dreading it, we always feel a tinge of pain over leaving behind what has been. That's just who we are. We look back and grieve. We look forward and grieve as well. It's all part of change. And if we live long enough, we can expect many, many changes."
Ms. Silvious' book is available on Amazon as a paperback, eBook, and audio book. Click on the link:
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Best wishes for a Happy New Year filled with promise and hope.