Today is dedicated to Patry Francis and the release of the paperback edition of her debut novel, Liar's Diary. Go here to see what it's all about and here to read Patry's blog and here to buy the book.
One of the things remarkable about Patry and her battles (to be published, to fight cancer, to continue sharing her work and world view) is that she has learned to live a life without "buts."
No, not that butt, the one brought on by holiday over-indulging. I'm talking about the more insidiious, poisonous one that infests our society and prevents so many from daring to dream, much less live their dreams.
You know what I'm talking about. The "but" that starts so many conversations…and brings them to a screeching pre-mature halt.
"But, you don't understand, I can't…"
How many times as a physician have I heard that from patients and parents who refuse to take responsibility for their own actions and decisions? Who deny themselves the chance at a better life with a simple three letter word, "but."
My own life has included encounters with death (my own, my family's, my patients'), head-long collisions with "facts of life" (which often turn out to be nothing except urban myths cloaked in authority), and scrambling, tooth and claw escapes from poverty.
We've all lived through hard times. We've all had plans go awry, dreams lost, hopes dashed. We all feel sometimes that it takes more than we have to simply struggle out of bed each day and trudge through the routine we've substituted for our life.
I dare you to go read Patry's blog chronicling her current fight, then return to your own life ready to challenge your own "buts."
Try it. Banish three letters from your vocabulary, eliminate that one tiny word from your thinking for one day, and see what dreams you can set into motion!
Thanks for reading!