The Open Book

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to no one.

~ William Shakespeare ~

The quote above from William Shakespeare encapsulates the teachings of my earthly father.  He was a man who did not have an easy life as a child growing up in New York City.  His life experiences taught me more than any book could.  He taught me how to observe, how to feel, and how to listen to my intuition.  His lessons helped me to trust my own instincts.  Not unlike my father, I let few in my world to read the chapters of my life; but to those I was an open book.

The great lessons of my father became buried as I journeyed through adulthood.  His lessons were not forgotten.  They laid right under the jacket cover of my own book.  As a result, through one of the darkest periods in my life, too many read my book.  Some of these readers were pertinent on chapter rewrites; others should not have been allowed any editing privileges. I had forgotten the lessons of my childhood.  I lost the skill to observe, to feel, and listen to my own intuition.

During the last few years of my father’s life, he reminded me of his love of great literature and music.  He coveted a book from his childhood – a pocket sized book of poetry by William Shakespeare.  This memory helped me to regain control of my book. Once again, few are allowed to read its pages.  My book contains less characters than ever before.  There are few with any credentials for rewriting and editing.  I am the primary author and publisher.

My greatest hope is to honor my Dad in the chapters of my book.  For the last few days, I have been reminded of him on numerous occasions when listening to the song by Scotty McCreery, “Five More Minutes”.  I have never met anyone who was as courageous, loyal, and honest as he was – who loved his family more.  If I only had “five more minutes”, to tell him “thank you” for teaching me how to write my own book and leaving me his legacy.

No legacy is so rich as honesty.

~ William Shakespeare ~


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Published by Donna Marie George

Donna Marie George is the author of thewoundedheart, a blog and Facebook page, filled with uplifting experiential stories and inspirational quotes. Her first YA Magical Realism novel, The Hidden Queen of Hy-Breasail, will be released in early 2021. Donna Marie is based in Cleveland, Ohio. She and her wonderful husband have been married for over 30 years and have three beautiful grown children. She loves animals, nature, and spirituality

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