I submitted my memoir proposal to a few more literary agencies this week. I keep writing and making notes of my ideas of what I’d like to include in my memoir. The more I write, the more I remember, and the more ideas I have of what I can add. I want to tell a great, exciting, encouraging story that gives hope to my readers. I tend to focus on the negative memories, but it’s not all negative. There are a lot of positive memories as well. I’m really focusing more on my Buddhist practice too. What I’ve learned through my practice is very important, so I will work this in also. I’m chanting and participating more in my Buddhist meetings and activities too, so this really cheers me up. My husband and I want to open up our own bookstore & coffeeshop in the future. I have this idea of serving great tasting coffee among new and used books, while my husband or some local musician plays guitar in the evenings. What fun!
I never went to the group therapy. I decided that an hour and a half is too long to spend in a group therapy session, given that I rarely participate. I called my therapy clinic that I went to before to set up an appointment with a new therapist. I’m looking forward to meeting her! Private therapy and Kaiser have really been a big benefit in my life in terms of psychiatric and medical care. My loving husband and our family have been an even bigger benefit for my mental health and emotional support. I’m very grateful for both, and for the Soka Gakkai Buddhist organization that has supported me all these years. I have so much to be thankful for! Just keeping this in mind always helps me through the difficult times. I think a lot of people never realize what they have in life – they don’t think they have anything to be thankful for.