I never stop being amazed at how, if we remain opened to the world around us, we will be guided to the things that we as human beings need to learn, grow and flourish.
A couple of months ago, James & I were asked to help design a party around the launch of a new book. The book is “Unbinding the Heart” by Agapi Stassinopoulos.
Due to health issues I was going through, James had to attend the preplanning meetings in New York without me. Each time he returned home, he would be filled with stories about Agapi and what an incredible woman she is. He would come home in awe of the unique way she had of making people around her feel special and centered.
When the day arrived to set up the event, I was finally able to meet Agapi and it was instantly obvious why James had been so taken with her. Her very name; Agapi, means “Unconditional love” and when you meet her, you know that she could not have had any other name. She exudes love; not only for her fellow man but also for life, the world around her and all that it inspires.
Unbinding the Heart is a remarkable book filled with 32 intimate stories from Agapi’s life peppered with the priceless wisdom and down-to-earth teachings of her beloved mother Elli. It takes the reader on a beautiful journey, challenging us to unbind our own hearts in the process. I recommend this book as a MUST READ for all of you and am certain that once you read it, you too will become as enlightened as I was.
As followers of my Blog, you are all well aware that I am currently writing my mother’s life story which I have entitled “Unforgettable (Trudy’s Story). I have just a few chapters to go before completing the book and yet these few chapters have me at a bit of a stand still. There is way more to it than simple writers block. You see in its own way, writing this book has been keeping me connected to my mother and I must admit that finishing the task fills me with the fear of losing her yet again. As long as this book is incomplete, I know that I will be thinking about my mom and her stories everyday trying to figure out the best way to convey them to my readers.
Now to get back to the almost magical way that life has of working itself out if you’re opened to the signs… Agapi Stassinopoulos says of her own book, “One of the reasons I wrote this book is to inspire others to tell their stories. Everyone, every single person, has a story that holds the truth of their heart, and those stories need to be heard. We need to tell our stories, as much as we need to listen to others.” By meeting this woman and reading “Unbinding the Heart” she has shown me that finishing my book will not put my mother behind me. That could never happen. My mother is in my heart and that will be forever. Like Agapi, I am all the knowledge, wisdom, laughter and love that was my mother. Finishing this book will not be an ending. Quite the contrary, it will be a whole new beginning!
Sometimes the answers are right in front of us, yet we can’t see the forest for the trees. So I thank my new friend Agapi not only for sharing her story with the world but for inspiring me to do the same.
Until next time,