On Taking Churchill’s Advice

Never, never, never, never give up. Winston Churchill, British statesman

In the next week I will complete the first draft of my second book, a historical fiction set on the Nebraska plains of 1875-76. Then, the real work begins. 

As I rewrite, edit, evaluate the point of view, consider the through-line, correct errors, I’m reminded of how this work is an analogy for re-writing one’s life after a significant loss. 

When your mother, husband, child or other significant person in your life dies, parts of your life need to be re-written. Perhaps you’re no longer defined as a care-giver or a partner and you’re wondering who you are and what you’re going to do without your former roles. 

Take a moment and reconnect with what you like and don’t like, how you see yourself in the future, and what contributions you want to make. Re-writing is not for the faint of heart. It takes perseverance, creativity, a determination to succeed and, in my case, prayer. But–never, never, never give up!

Affirmation: I never give up.

Coaching question/request: If you’re recovering from a recent loss, what steps are you taking to re-write your life? Take a moment to journal your thoughts on what’s next. Write a list of specific ways you will move forward—even if it is just for today or this week. 

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