Viva Editions (http://www.vivaeditions.com/features/about.php) was kind to provide me a copy of Kristen Moeller’s What Are You Waiting For?: Learn How to Rise to the Occasion of Your Life. I finally had time to finish it this week and will give an honest opinion of this book now.
After losing her beloved home and all her worldly possessions to a wildfire, Moeller writes this book, contemplating and reflecting upon life and what it means to “wait”. She writes in a personable voice, sharing her own experiences and thoughts with the reader, and guiding the reader along in her journey as she uncovers what “waiting” means. In essence, she is saying that most of us are always waiting for the right moment and/or person to find what we perceive as “real” happiness and fulfillment. As a result of all this waiting, we lose our freedom to simply be. She defines “be” as “that deep-down, knowing sense of who we are and what we are made of, that quiet peaceful voice that tells us we are OK, the ease of feeling at home in our own skin.” (p. xxxi) In short, she says we need to stop waiting for life to slow down and things to settle; we need to go forth to pursue our dreams, hopes and fears in all the messiness known as life. At the same time, we need to know when it is the right time to stop and wait. This type of waiting is seen as a kind thing we can do for ourselves because we learn patience, acceptance and allowance which will transform our souls in the face of fears and hopes etc.
I like how Moeller divides each chapter into different areas of life (e.g. self, love, possessions vs. non-attachment, relationship with parents etc.) where humans generally “wait” to find happiness and fulfillment. She adds in personal experiences and life lessons, and firsthand stories of other people she knows such as her friends and family members to give an universal appeal to each chapter, a feeling that all humans go through these experiences at some point in their lives. A final nice touch to each chapter is that she includes what she calls “Gentle Knock” sections in which she helps the reader to stop and reflect upon what calls to them, and to let go of what doesn’t serve towards their own happiness. These light suggestions and practices (gentle knocks) help the reader to balance the different types of waiting that the “gigantic Soul You and the smaller Everyday You can learn to live with.” (p. xxxiv)
I have to admit that there are some chapters that did not resonate with me, such as Chapter 8 (“Waiting to Become the Person My Dog Thinks I am”), since I don’t have pets so I don’t love them as if they were my children. However, for pet/dog owners, this chapter may give you insights in becoming an even happier person.
Overall, I’m glad I got a chance to be introduced to this self-help book, and to get to know this author. This book served as a gentle wake up call for me to look within myself and to see what truly matters to me and to be reminded of how I will pursue my happiness and fulfillment through wise waiting and fearless actions.
If you find you’re in a rut or you’re dissatisfied with your current life, or you’re waiting for that “something” to happen and then life will be good, then this book is for you!
Check it out at http://www.vivaeditions.com/book_page.php?book_id=68
I am happy to announce that in partnership with Viva Editions, I will be giving away ONE COPY of this book! It’s a way to say thank you for following my blog and enjoying my posts. 🙂
This giveaway contest is open to anyone 18+ anywhere in the world, as long as you are a verified follower of this blog.
If you are interested in getting a free copy of this book, all you need to do is answer this question: “What are you waiting for right now in your life?”
Simply enter your reply by pressing the “Leave a Comment” button below this blog post, and submit your answer. I will pull the giveaway participant’s name from a randomized generator.
- One entry per person.
- This contest closes on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EST
- The winner will be announced and contacted via email on July 31, 2014.
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Thank you for reading this long post and I hope you will participate in this giveaway opportunity!
Good luck!!! 🙂