Here's an overview:
Sometimes you can do everything wrong and still have things turn out right. The common wisdom after a major loss is to not make any major decisions in the first year. I not only broke that rule, I tore it into tiny pieces and tossed my entire life to the wind.
While it's not an action I would recommend, it's the path I chose and it was a bumpy ride. This is a story of death and loss but it is also a story of miracles and growth. At the end of the introduction, I write
Miracles await us.
Miracles wait for each one of us who makes the journey into the darkness, whether we go willingly or are tossed there by the vagaries of life. Regardless of what brought you here, whether death, divorce, disease or disaster, I hope you will join me on this journey and find for yourself the multicolored gifts and miracles of joy waiting for you in the deeply beautiful country of your authentic self, your very own Wonderland.
Rainer Maria Rilke, German poet and visionary, captures the essence of this book in two short sentences:
"Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses
who are only waiting to see us act, just once,
with beauty and courage.
Perhaps everything that frightens us is,
in its deepest essence,
something helpless that wants our love."
Joy after the Fire was written to help others navigate the new territory that comes with loss. At the end of each chapter, there is a series of questions that lead readers on their journey back to joy.
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