Back on August 1, 2010, merely one day after I turned down a big job in radio, I started writing a book of relationship tips, which was a spin-off of this blog’s content. By August 31st that year, I completed the first draft. Several revisions, distractions and excuses later the book was still locked away on a thumb drive.
March 28, 2012 could have been any other rainy Wednesday except that I had a 5:45pm business meeting and I had no clue who I was about to meet. What I did know was that I was going to like him. Believe it or not, I could tell from the way he crafted his emails and his voice messages that he was fun.
In our meeting we covered what we needed to cover. Somehow our conversation wandered to this blog and the book I had written back in the summer of 2010.
“I’m going to get another glass of wine. When I get back, I’m going to give you a gift.”
I was on the edge of my seat. When he returned to our table, he sat down with his wine glass in his hands, rested his elbows on his knees and just looked at me without saying a word.
Finally, he said, “Release your book.”
I was stunned. That’s it? He went on to encourage me by reminding me that all I needed was my book – nothing fancy, at least nothing as elaborate as I thought I needed.
“It doesn’t need to be ‘perfect.'”
Really? I thought everything I did had to be perfect (smile and wink!).
Months of procrastination later here it is. Raw in places and polished in others, it’s not perfect, it’s me and it’s very personal. For those reasons, I’m totally freaked out that my book is available to the public. However, bigger than that is my commitment to making a difference for people in relationship – the purpose for my book. A gift, if you will.
As always, I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.