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This book offers insights which provokes self introspection. Areas which include working one’s way through life’s events which may have invoked emotional trauma, low self-esteem, fear, unhealthy relationships ,depression, and addiction are addressed. The search for happiness and joy through self help is accomplished by embracing authenticity and “moving through” one’s past and the challenges which line the journey.
The death of a spouse is a devastating moment that leaves one with the heavy tasks of grief and context. A list of questions awaits any survivor; from the mundane daily decisions to the larger existential conundrums about what comes next. Part memoir; part field guide; Moving Through offers unique insight to these questions.
Author Dawn Elizabeth Waters draws from her experience and contemplation of these questions to offer a guide for grieving as well as a guide to moving past the past. These insights may not be the same for everyone but offer some hope indeed. Despite grief; there is hope and the knowledge that there is a way through the journey to healing and happiness.
WATCH THE MOVING THROUGH PROJECT!
The original Moving Through Art Project was an autobiographical presentation created by my late wife Yvette. Her effort began just weeks before being diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer and undergoing a double mastectomy. The completed project was shown to a crowd of 65 on February 27, 2017. The link to the video is here.
Her life story was photographs from performances of talented artists and was a testament to her strength, courage, and bravery. Her life was not easy, but she kept going. This project was a coming out of sorts for her and speaking about her past was never something she ever thought she would share with the world.
But she did it magnificently. Of course, we did not know this project would take on a life of its own after she died suddenly, 10 months later, from metastatic breast cancer. The only other showing of this video was at her memorial service.
I have wrestled mightily with the idea of when and how to share this with the world. The message of moving through applies to each of us. In the book I reference the project frequently. Watching her introduction and the video provides the framework for my second book. The official title is “Moving Through; Lessons in Grief, Love, Courage, and How to Make Peace with the Past.”
I watched the entire video recently for the first time since her memorial. By the end, I knew it was time to share it with anyone who was willing to watch. I was moved by her courage and bravery all over again. It also made me miss her tremendously. Her 50th birthday would have been on the 20th of June, 2019.
Yvette was a work in progress, like all of us. Her legacy is love, optimism, and the search for peace. She loved without condition and lived without regret. The lessons from her life are too valuable not to share. My inspiration for the book is her courage and fortitude. Pushing myself through the process is a tribute to her. I feel her not so gentle nudges when I want to bag the whole writing endeavor. Even though she is no longer in the physical world, she is near.
As you watch, remember being fearless is often doing things with hands shaking and knees quivering. The link to the video is here. There are three parts. Her intro, part one, and part two. Watch them in that order. They are uploaded to my website only. Sorry, no downloading.
This week take some time to remember the moments in your life when moving through seemed impossible, but you did it anyway.