Taking Action

When the young protagonist in Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist realized that he could not turn back the wind and that he would certainly perish from its sheer force, his spirit merged with the wind.  He became one with the wind to harness its’ power.  In that epiphanous moment, fear and separation lifted. 

The interesting thing about human beings, is that we can adapt to any situation.  We find our normal in that situation, get comfortable in it, we make a whole life within the difficulty we face. We do this to deal with the situation.  But where this gets problematic is that it is so easy to be comfortable with the uncomfortable. An example is you are facing an illness, you adapt your diet, your lifestyle, work hours, you do everything to heal, which is essential.  But somewhere along the way, you heal and yet, you still live the life you created based on illness, you still impose the same limitations on yourself even though they no longer apply.  You become comfortable with the uncomfortable. It becomes normal.  So you do you move out of this? 

How can you step out of your comfort zone – whatever that looks like for you?

How do you harness your own power?

First, observe:

Observation gives you the power of no longer being the character in the story but rather the narrator of the story – the one who decides how your story will be told. It allows you to take a close look at what you want to change, and really think about how to change it.

Second, take action:

An action you take creates a momentum you can build from.  Just being inert, not doing anything different, keeps you stuck where you are.  But take one action, even the smallest action, and you start to empower yourself.

What is the one action you can take today for yourself? 

Be well, be blessed





This debut memoir chronicles a woman’s spiritual exploration and growth as she overcame a disturbing childhood and helped others heal.

Brought to America from the Dominican Republic as a youngster, Molina-Marshall should have led a happy life. Her father was a diligent worker, and his large family wanted for nothing. But the author recounts that her dad had a drinking problem and was a serial philanderer. Molina-Marshall’s long-suffering mother left him for a woman. Then it was all downhill for the bright, 12-year-old girl, who was shuttled between foster care and relatives. According to the author, she was sexually abused by the husband of one of her siblings. This resulted in Molina-Marshall becoming alienated and moody. By 15, she simply tried to survive. In her favor were grit and a restless intelligence. She quit school, rented a room, and found a factory job. Time went by, and for a while she was happily married. Yet when her husband left her, her life truly began. She turned to religion for answers but decided that blaming God for her woes was a cop-out. 

In this absorbing and moving memoir, Molina-Marshall’s vivid storytelling is fearless. She frankly discusses the truths she discovered and the indignities she suffered. These admissions are disclosed with a touch of resignation and plenty of bite. However painful, everything she experienced was a lesson, and she bravely realized that she was part of the problem: “The fear of being hurt, rejected, or abused often led to me feeling lonely and misunderstood. No one knew the agonizing pain I felt being trapped in my thoughts and anger. I was becoming my biggest threat.” 

The author skillfully recounts her intricate spiritual journey. To deal with her psychic wounds, she searched for an inspirational system. Her open-mindedness led her to the interfaith concept—cherry-picking from various religions and spiritual movements, yoga, and Indigenous beliefs as a way of finding peace. Along with her female partner, she built a therapy practice, making use of every spiritual element that aided her and others. The road was bumpy, and she found that women of color in same-sex relationships were not welcomed everywhere. To do good works—and finally live on her own terms—she effectively overcame bigotry.

An engrossing, cathartic account of empathy and success through determination and confidence.

Pub Date: May 3, 2022   |    ISBN: 978-0-578-38315-6  |   Page Count: 264    | Publisher: From Trauma to Triumph  |   Review Posted Online: June 13, 2022