The American Dream Come True
October 27, 2009
Pig-tailed and wide-eyed, I see my 11-year-old self sitting under that oak tree in my mother’s front yard. I am holding a clipboard whose metal clamp is adorned with a puffy sticker and goggley eyes. I am writing my very first story about a girl on the prairie who can only save her sick father by riding in a magic balloon. It is decades before Balloon Boy reaches that frontierless stretch of Internet pedantry. Delving into the rich, dreamy nature of prose, I escape to the home of my soul.
Today is a rich blessing of achievement, but much more than that it is a moment in time in which I can say I have thought up, and now lived, the American Dream. From scrunch-nosed tween to full-blown woman, I have become that which I have always wanted: a published author with a New York publishing house.
The Power of Slow: 101 Ways to Save Time in Our 24/7 World (St. Martin’s Press, ISBN: 978-0312570484) offers a deep journey for all who choose to say yes to themselves in our spin-out-of-control world. From Japan (where the book is already reportedly amongst the top 300 in business life books) to the shores of Massachusetts, from Germany to India, from South Africa to Finland, I embrace each and every one of you who wants to read this book. It is about mindful living, about taking a moment to step back at the Big Picture of your life, and find out what is truly important to you. By embracing a positive relationship with time, you can do just that.
Chances are you will find your true self amongst its pages. And when you do, share that self with others. And maybe share the book, too, so that they too can discover themselves just as you have.
My humblest blessings upon you all. May you live the American Dream no matter where you are in the world.