Extremes Of Pleasure And Pain In Just One Week

TESSbest sellerWow, what a week it’s been!  Our collaborative book, The Expert Success Solution launched on Tuesday and debuted as the #1 Amazon best seller in Canada and Amazon #2 in America.   It was a dream-like scenario as we watched  Steven Covey, Tim Ferriss and Napoleon Hill move aside to let us through, with Just Malcolm Gladwell’s ‘Outliers’ remaining in the #1 spot for now.   Being the only contributor from the UK, I was up all night as we watched our new baby blossom into an Amazon #1 best seller.

When this project was born just under a year ago I had no idea what to expect but it seems the Universe had a plan.  In a state of grateful puzzlement (if that’s a word!) for a couple of days, I marvelled at how everything has contrived to bring me to this point and I’m feeling blessed.  Finally, I’ve given myself permission to be the best me I can be and to step forward in the service of others.

Then Life kicked in.  I had news that a friend’s husband had been tragically killed in a car accident, another had been rushed into hospital in America and is now awaiting a heart transplant and the third piece of shocking news was that the Mother-In-Law of another friend had suddenly passed away.  The contrast of celebration and the realisation of others’ grief is a strange and confusing cocktail of emotions.losing a loved one1

The searing and excruciating pain of loss cannot be soothed and will only lessen with time and appreciation of the richness their loved one brought to their shared life.  I’ve prayed for healing for all three of my friends and know their loving families will wrap them in a warm cloak of nurturing and care.

Add to that a couple of upsetting domestic crises and it’s fair to say this week I’ve embraced the whole range of emotions.  One thing I know for sure is that we should celebrate our successes, appreciate those we love and live every day as though it is our last – we never know when it will be.

I’m feeling really emotional now and there are tears in my eyes as I sit in gratitude for all the blessings in my life – my family, wonderful friends, my animals and all those who have played a part in encouraging me to be who I truly am.  Finally – OK maybe a few decades late, lol – I’m ready to be of real service in a way I’ve always known I wanted to but shied away from.

Is there someone you love and appreciate but you haven’t told?  Why not make their day by sharing with them how much they mean to you?



  • Jennifer Rosenwald

    What a moving post, Janet, and so beautifully articulated. I’m so sorry for your friends’ grief, and I also feel for the ricochet of emotions, the low that tempered your much-deserved high. “Life”, indeed: always one after the other. I tend to see more of a spiral than a wheel when assigning a metaphoric icon to Life, with experience touching upon itself as it moves forward. But at the points where others fall away from the winding course there is a twist where the mettle of our metal is challenged. Indeed, what a week you’ve had, so full of experience and emotion. Thank you for sharing it with us, and so poetically.