“It is an absolute human certainty that no one can know his own beauty or perceive a sense of his own worth until it has been reflected back to him in the mirror of another loving, caring human being.”
Last Monday I listened to Marianne Williamson on Oprah’s Soul Sunday podcast while I worked in the yard. In this interview, Oprah referenced Marianne’s book, A Return To Love, stating this book had changed her life. Interesting, I thought, this is a strong endorsement coming from Oprah. I’d had this book at one time, tucked on the shelf waiting for the day when I “had the time” to read it.
Okay, I said to myself, you’ve worked hard today, here’s your reward–just like the kid I still am inside, I always promise myself some type of reward when a task is complete. My reward this day–head to Goodwill and check out what type of books are on their wall of used books. I thought the odds of finding this book was slim to none, but I wanted to know what was there.
I shared the little aisle between used furniture and sporting equipment with another woman who had obviously been there before. She had her shopping method down right down to a great sized book bag and clothes that were chosen for ease of the up and down movements we were both making. I was surprised at the variety of books I found–chemistry and nursing texts, accounting, cookbooks, very old children’s books, new paperbacks, and tucked away on a lower level shelf halfway down that wall of books was the very book I wanted.
You’ve GOT to be kidding me–it’s in perfect condition. I grabbed it and added it to my little stack. Man, I thought, next time I need to bring a bag along with easier fitting clothes!
I found this inscription yesterday as I sat down with my treasure–a true treasure, indeed. What had initially made me so sad gave me a true AH-HA moment when I realized the real reason for my melancholy.
This little inscription reminded me of all those books I had to leave behind. This powerful book, with its message of love and miracles, was tugging at some old injuries–reminding me in a very unique way I still had work to do.
“One thing: you have to walk, and create the way by your walking; you will not find a ready-made path. It is not so cheap, to reach to the ultimate realization of truth. You will have to create the path by walking yourself; the path is not ready-made, lying there and waiting for you. It is just like the sky: the birds fly, but they don’t leave any footprints. You cannot follow them; there are no footprints left behind.”