Take one woman with just the right mixture of wisdom and humor. Make sure she has had the experience of travel and working around the world and experiencing a variety of cultures. To this, add a love for words and a wonderful gift of telling a story. Then give her a warm heart, a deep yearning for peace and a great love for people. Stir on a slow fire (of passion) and what do you get? Galen Pearl – a woman I am happy to be associated with through our blogs. She has guest posted here and you, my dear readers are familiar with her already.
Galen Pearl’s stories have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul and A Cup of Comfort anthologies, and her popular blog, 10 Steps to Finding Your Happy Place (and Staying There), attracts thousands of readers every month. Recently retired from teaching law, she regularly leads retreats and workshops on developing habits to grow a joyful spirit. A Southern girl transplanted to the Pacific Northwest, she enjoys her five kids and two grandchildren, martial arts, her cabin in the mountains, and mahjong.
When Galen Pearl mentioned that her book was ready, I was eager to read it. I’ve been reading her blog for the last three years and absolutely love her writing. It’s personal, conversational and packed with wisdom. I’m happy to report that her book is exactly the same.
Although the outline of the book contains 10 Steps, the book is not meant to be a how-to guide to happiness. The premise of the book is that, deep within, we all want to be happy. However, happiness is truly an inside job – you’ve got to find your own happy place. In Galen Pearl’s words from the introduction to the book: The title [amazon_link id=”B009JBBY6A” target=”_blank” ]10 Steps to Finding Your Happy Place (and Staying There)[/amazon_link] might sound like there is a way to happiness “out there,” and that we can follow the 10 Steps like we would follow the yellow brick road to Oz. But in truth, each of the steps brings us back to where we started, with ourselves. Like finding your your glasses on top of your head, you wake up and realize that your happiness was here all along.
Galen Pearl has a great knack of telling stories. Her personal anecdotes just draw you in. The book has some great illustrative stories and quotes too. Galen Pearl draws inspiration from a variety of spiritual leaders and is very open to all religious teachings. Each little ‘story’ makes you reflect on the way you process your life experiences. It gives you much food for thought about what you are doing with your life. But never, ever is it preachy or condescending in its tone.
I don’t want to outline the 10 steps here and give away anything from the book. Suffice to say that it is an excellent read and will leave you inspired to find (or stay in) your own happy place. I plan to re-read the book soon. I’ll read it slow this time and allow its depth to motivate and inspire me more.
All proceeds from the sale of this book and associated speaking engagements will be donated to Edwards Center, a nonprofit organization providing residential and vocational services to adults with developmental disabilities. (http://www.edwardscenter.org)
May I suggest you find your happy place too and stay there. Let Galen Pearl’s book help you along.