(translation of book title: The stars at dawn)
I'll share some art later tonight, but for now,
I want to share this.
This book was written by a beautiful young woman of 17 years old.
The story of her father's battle with cancer -
one that he sadly lost three years ago,
when she was only 14, and her brother was 16.
More than anything, it's a story of courage and love.
Once in a while,
someone or something comes along and we are forever changed.
the death of a loved one.
Deeper than many of us can imagine.
During such times, it's hard to make sense
of the world as it is.
It's hard to understand that life goes on...
with or without us.
It's also hard to believe
that through such anguish,
through such darkness,
light finds a way in.
There is a Leonard Cohen song with these lyrics:
"there is a crack in everything,
that's how the light gets in".
Writing this book was Renée's crack.
This young woman made sense of her world
by writing about it,
by giving herself the space to grieve,
by giving her father a voice,
and honouring him in the most loving way,
with gentle, honest words on a page.
She is donating all the proceeds
to the cancer society,
to help find a cure.
And the reason i am sharing this story?
Because it is proof, once again,
that WORDS MATTER
and they also heal.
She chose writing
as a way to express her pain
and her story will not only change her,
but it will touch others.
It will inspire people to look at their own lives differently,
and be more grateful for what they have,
rather than what (or who) they don't have.
Stories like these
in a world often filled with hatred and loss.
This young lady is giving her father
the highest honour
and showing him the greatest love,
by spreading her wings
and showing him that she can fly.
We all have something to learn
from such stories of courage.
Wishing you all a day
filled with gratitude.