On Sunday two of my dearest friends threw me a Book Launch party. And they executed it beautifully. I'm a writer, but I cannot find the words to allow a reader comprehend the love and support that surrounded me that day. Maybe I can find one word - immeasurable.
They set up the house perfectly, they laid out an amazing spread of food, they invited many of my closest friends. And then they set up a beautiful table from which I would read one story, answer questions about the book, and sell and sign copies.
One of them spoke about me in a way of eulogies. I got the rare chance to see my best self through her eyes. And, it was exactly who I've always wanted to be, but fallen short again and again. And, it was inspiring because it's a me I know I can be. The me I strive to be. And, that she could get a glimpse of that wished-for self and articulate it means that she knows me better than the word "friend" can fully encapsulate. It also means that I'm not doing such a terribly horrible job at this whole wife, mommy, daughter, sister, friend, writer gig. It means that there are moments that I do it quite well, amidst the marriage that rarely makes quality time for its spouses, the kids that struggle with confidence, separation, overconfidence, and honesty. Somewhere in all of the mess is a the woman I really, really want to be. And, someone sees her. Loves her. And is rooting for her to emerge victorious. Thank you!
And then my sister spoke and let everyone know that, even though I trained to be a lawyer and then gave it all up to raise my family, that itch to write has always been there - I have loved books for my entire life, and have been writing stories for almost as long. Thank you for remembering; for knowing me better than anyone else. For being my first friend and for sticking by me even when I was not a very good friend to you. Thank you for loving me regardless. For forgiving me over and over again.
And the friend who did not speak, but who still quite clearly and humbly poured love for me out of her entire being and challenged me the entire time to be in the spotlight and to embrace it. She welcomed everyone into her home to lift me up. That friend didn't need to say a word. Thank you!
So, here's how you have a successful first book launch party -
Here's how you find success at all in life -
Love someone so much that they truly see you.
And, accept their love well enough to see them in return.
Love something so much that you have to do it.
There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved. - George Sand
John 15:12 - My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you