I received an email a few days ago that touched me like none I had ever received before. It was from a woman who lives in Greece. Now I don’t know where all of you live, but Greece is literally on the other side of the world from me. I was so moved that she would take the time to write to me about the impact my book, Wingless Butterfly, had on her––and I hope she realizes that she and others like her are truly my inspiration!!
‘The Butterfly Effect’ and ‘The Starfish Story’ appear in my book, and if the message hasn’t reached your eyes––or heart yet, you’ll find them both on the Taking Flight tab at the top of the page. ‘The Starfish story’ shows me that we all can make a difference and ‘The Butterfly Effect’ drives my passion to share that message with the world.
Varvara’s letter is proof positive of both! I hope you take the time to read her heart felt note and that it will instill within you the belief that everything you do matters and that you may never know how you touch the lives of others––but be assured that you do!
I have been meaning to write to you after reading your book “Wingless Butterfly”. I can’t begin to tell you how heartfelt and moving it was. I felt I was there watching all these events take place in your life and I couldn’t help feeling so sad for what you had gone through.
It truly was one of the most remarkable books I have ever read. It spoke volumes to me and was so relevant to my life and the lives of many others. I am so pleased you could use your life’s experiences to touch other people and bring wholeness and healing into their lives.
I was moved to tears all the way through and it caused me to further analyse many things throughout my own life and certain behavioral patterns, understanding and recognizing where certain feelings of insignificance and low self-worth were derived from, and why I have allowed people to walk over me. I could pin point certain things in my life that I need to change and where more healing is required.
It is such a tremendous story of discovering yourself, letting go, and being healed of the past; never giving up, but persisting to accomplish your goals and dreams while moving forward to an amazing bright future. Not allowing any circumstances to rule, govern or control your life, and knowing that they DO NOT define who you are. Any rejection or insignificance you may have felt through unfortunate experiences in life, deep down you knew your true worth and purpose!
You never gave up regardless of what you endured, persevering until goals became a reality. You knew what you truly deserved and managed to break through every hindrance and barrier to accomplish your hearts desires and make a huge impact in the lives of others; never losing sight of your dream, though the journey was long and hard, it eventually came to fruition. You rose above every challenge to become the beautiful magnificent butterfly WITH wings you were created to be; flying and soaring in freedom, fulfilment, joy and happiness.
This is really an AWESOME TESTIMONY, a story of hope, strength, character, endurance, a positive attitude and perseverance. It was ever so gripping and was hard to put down. You talk of so many truths and are enriched with so much wisdom and knowledge. You really do have incredible insight to life.
I was surprised to read you had also suffered with Anxiety and Panic Attacks. I could completely empathise with you as this is something I have also struggled with for many years and know how very limiting, horrendous and disabling it can be, stealing your true abilities. It can really make your life unbearable and miserable, making you feel hopeless and holding you back from your goals, dreams, aspirations and purpose. Your story was a real encouragement to me and will be to many others, knowing we can finally conquer and overcome. I can very much identify with you, regardless of what has come up against me in life through no fault of my own; all the heartaches, tragedies, pain and suffering, and I will not accept or receive it. I shall not give it authority or power over my life, but will persevere with drive and determination; and will to fulfil my destiny and make a difference in other people’s lives. I’ll never give up hope just like you.
I really pray that someday I shall also be able to write my own life story to inspire, help and encourage others. This has also been a life ambition and dream of mine.
It was so wonderful to read that you turned everything around for good, and have used your life’s experiences to impact and empower others. Throughout your story I could see what a beautiful heart you have. Though you were so wronged with many unfortunate circumstances, you always saw deeper and showed love, compassion and mercy. This is so admirable. You really are an incredible inspiration and example!
I have found that in this day and age the majority of people I know or come across are broken and hurting. They will identify with your story in someway and would benefit greatly from it therefore I would STRONGLY encourage and recommend everyone to read it!! It is a resource that is so valuable and I want to see it get into their hands and touch their hearts and lives.
May God bless you and reward you richly, over and above all you could ever hope and wish for.
Varvara’s letter truly touched me! She let me know that I made a difference in her life, thus proving ‘The Starfish Story,’ and she wants to pass that strength to others through not only my story, but hers as well––a vivid example of ‘The Butterfly Effect.’ We can all make a difference. If only by touching one person at a time, and through perseverance, we can change the world!