published in A Widow's Awakening Book, Achieving Your Dreams, Change, Christmas, Courage, Giving, Grief, Inspiration by Maryanne | November 20, 2016

A Spiritual Awakening & Wise Owl Wisdom: Give the Gift of Inspiration This Christmas

 

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“To say no to people – that’s wonderful; that’s part of waking up…so that you can live your life as you see fit.”

– Anthony de Mello, Awareness; The Perils and Opportunities of Reality

A Special Offer from Pink Gazelle Productions

Between Nov 21st and Dec 4th, 2016, if you order a print copy of A Widow’s Awakening book for $19.95, you will receive a set of Wise Owl Wisdom Inspirational Quote Cards for free ($7.95 value)

‘Tis the season for sales & special offers. But, if one so chooses, it can also be a time of reflection and contemplation on what really matters in our lives.

Perhaps when we slow down now and then, just long enough to remember what the real gifts in our lives are, we also give ourselves the opportunity – and courage – to decide how we wish to proceed during what is often an extremely busy, stressful, overwhelming, demanding and expensive time of year.

Mind you, questioning how one is proceeding with the Christmas season could very well lead one to having to say NO to the demands placed upon one by other people. But that, I have learned over and over again, is not necessarily a bad thing.

When I was visiting with some teen girls recently, they were sharing with me their enthusiasm for Christmas and how they love the spirit of the season. To my chagrin, I heard myself say:

“Yes, at your age Christmas IS fun and exciting. But when you get a bit older, trust me: you will realize just how much WORK it actually is, making the season fun and special for everyone else.”

Now that may or may not be a true statement…but ouch. What a Grouchy Grinch!

The girls looked at me with big eyes and nodded…perhaps recalling how their own beyond-exhausted parents stay up till 3am on Christmas Eve to make sure all the “magic” is ready to roll for 6am.

I wish I could say I quickly recanted and apologized for my Scrooge-like outburst. But I didn’t.

Because quite frankly, I think the sooner we acknowledge that the tremendous stress we put on ourselves to make sure Christmas at least somewhat matches the Norman Rockwell fantasy, the sooner we will admit that our best intentions are doing far more harm than good for all concerned: the next generation and the planet.

I do think Christmas can be a very special and sacred time of year – regardless of our religious beliefs. But I suspect those teen girls are far closer than some of us seasoned adults to capturing the true spirit of the season…tapping into that special magic that money and consumerism can’t always buy.

And yet, as an author and small business owner, I – like millions of others – do have products to sell to consumers!

As such, it has always been important to me, as a writer and entrepreneur, that if I am going to use up valuable resources to produce goods for sale, then those finished products damn well better have significant value to the consumer and a fairly light environmental footprint.

In fact, many of our products have been designed so that there can be multiple consumers – for the same product.

Case in point are the 2 items we are showcasing in the Give the Gift of Inspiration This Christmas Special Offer of A Widow’s Awakening book and Wise Owl Wisdom Inspirational Quote Cards: $19.95 for both (free shipping).

Both the book and the inspirational quote cards can be passed on to someone else after being enjoyed 🙂

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A Widow’s Awakening for sale at First Chance Craft Show, Sidney, BC, Nov 2016

A Widow’s Awakening; Creative Non-Fiction book by Maryanne Pope

With nearly 2000 books sold, A Widow’s Awakening is touching the heart and soul of readers. This extraordinary story is a candid portrayal of Maryanne’s journey through the first year of grief after the on-duty death of her police officer husband. Engaging, powerful and heart-wrenching, this book captures the immense difficulty of accepting the unacceptable while learning to transform loss into positive change.

Here are a few sample comments from readers:

“All I can say is WOW! How did you do it? I laughed, I cried…I laughed again and cried some more. It was the bravest piece of literature I have ever read.”

– Ann

“Thank you for sharing your story and incredible journey. What struck me in particular was your search for spiritual answers to relieve the blinding emotional pain. It was great comfort to see you put into words some of the exact emotions I felt when I tragically lost my dad this year. I can see now that everyone does find their way to heal those very raw wounds in the process of grieving.”

– Sandra

“I got home Friday night and was going to “start” the book – well, I didn’t put it down till I finished!! I laughed but mostly cried. It was an amazing read . . . thank you for sharing.”

– Sherry

For more reader feedback and/or for further information on A Widow’s Awakening, please click here.

Wise Owl Bag

Wise Owl Wisdom Inspirational Quote Cards – A Quote a Day Keeps Inspiration in Play

There are 30 cards in each set. Each card is 3 inches x 4 inches. The owl is on the front of each card and then on the back of each is a different quote.

Here are a few sample quotes from the Wise Owl Wisdom Inspirational Quote Cards that are relevant to A Widow’s Awakening:

“Run your own race.”

– Robin Sharma

“Regret is the only wound from which our soul never recovers.”

– Sarah Ban Breathnach

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”

– Anais Nin

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more.”

– Melody Beattie

“When the courage dies, creativity dies with it. We all know that fear is a desolate boneyard where our dreams go to desiccate in the hot sun.”

– Elizabeth Gilbert

For further details on the Wise Owl Wisdom Quote Cards, please click here.

Purchasing Information

If you would like to purchase a signed print copy of A Widow’s Awakening, please visit our on-line store to place your order. You will automatically receive your free set of Wise Owl Inspirational Quote Cards.

Please note this offer ends on Sun Dec 4th, 2016.

We wish you a joyous and peaceful Holiday Season…and may it reflect YOUR values 🙂

Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is the CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and the Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her weekly blog, please sign up here.

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