Tuesday, April 13, 2010

365 Lessons-Lesson 103: You are Next

When we see other people's success in something we feel is only meant for those with super special talent, there is always someone who pipes up and says, "You are next." I always laugh at that statement. Who am I anyway? Why would I deserve anything like this? But sometimes it feels so close. Like someone is giving you a preview of what's to come.

Today I played hooky from work and if my boss is reading this now, I'm actually flattered. I called in with the stomach flu, but I was really at a book reading in Seattle. I LOVE my job, but this was an important event that I promised myself I wouldn't miss.

I was talking to my husband today on a walk around Greenlake. I said, "My mother, my best friend Lena, two of my co-workers and original Writers Rising members, my co-worker's friend, and my writing coach/editor are coming to this event. I feel like this is my book reading, but it isn't."

My husband said, "In a way, it is. Everything is connected."

Laura Munson kept appearing in my e-mail inbox one day. I had no idea who she was. I opened up one of the e-mails from her and found out that she is a writer in Montana who was published in the New York Times. Her article, Those Aren't Fighting Words, Dear was so popular that it ended up temporarily shutting down the comment section. After years of trying to get a book published, she landed a book deal with a very large publishing company.

A friend from college recommended my blog to her and that's how she found me. We ended up talking on the phone for over an hour. At the end of our conversation, she encouraged me to contact her agent. I had just finished a book proposal, so I sent a query out to her agent. Within a week, I was offered representation for my book Lessons from the Monk I Married.

It is still all very surreal to me. Laura was in Seattle today for her book reading and I knew I had to go. I read her book in three days. While I was sitting with my family and friends at a table in the cafe which was attached to the bookstore, she came over.

I gave her a hug and it really felt like I had known her before. But this was the first time we had ever met. She was a messenger to me of what is possible.

There were so many people at the reading that the tiny little space they had for her really wasn't enough room for all the people who attended. It was a nice reading and afterward there was a book signing. People formed a long line to get their book signed. Laura signed my book with "To Katherine, Sister in Words, Yours, Laura."

I felt very good this evening. I needed to have this experience. I needed to see that everything is connected. That Laura's success is my success.

When you see someone doing something amazing, don't be surprised when someone pipes up with the statement, "You are next." Don't toss those words aside as ridiculous. Hold on to them and realize that anything is possible.


  1. Yay! Sounds like a terrific experience. :)

  2. People come into our life for a reason. They guide us in the right direction and your friend has just done that...... Beautiful

  3. What an amazing day! I'm so glad you were able to go and be a part of it all. I can hardly wait until it is your book signing. I want to be there!

  4. It's been a long road for me to realise that the success of others around me is just a signal that it could happen for me.

    I am not going to say that even now my first reaction is always to celebrate their success and that universal potential .. but more often than not it is.

    My change was initiated by the realisation that having the green Eyed Monster come out just triggers me to feel resentful and sad. The times when I celebrating their success with my full heart hands me the power to see my dreams soar. For me that seeing is the first step on the path to getting there so I treasure those times all the more

    Kind Regards

  5. Natalie-Yes it was a terrific experience.

    Yoga Savy-Yes, I do believe people come into our lives for a reason. This has happened so many times to me and now I believe it.

    Marla-It would be fantastic if you'd come to my book signing. I hope I'm in your area when the time comes!

    Belinda-It takes a lot of courage to celebrate the success of others. It's not easy to realize that we are connected. It's very hard.

  6. Katherine, when you travel to Las Vegas for your book signing here (wink) please look me up!
    I'm excited for you and love the synchronicity happening in your life.

  7. I like that philosophy. I love seeing people succeed because I find it motivating. Thanks for the encouragement today.

  8. I had a great time with you and your friends and mom. I really enjoyed the book reading. Laura is a great story teller!