For those interested, my nonfiction is due to launch in the spring 2019. I will keep you posted on specific dates as the information becomes available.
In the meanwhile, I want to share something cool. The other day, I randomly searched for my own name on an Internet search engine. Have you ever done this? It's interesting to see what pops up. If you haven't tried this, you really should.
After I typed in "Inspiring quotes by Dana Arcuri," I had a long list of websites and businesses that had shared my quotes. One of the popular quotes of mine is from my memoir, Harvest of Hope: Living Victoriously Through Adversity. Here's my quote:
"Our job on earth isn't to criticize, reject, or judge. Our purpose is to offer a helping hand, compassion, and mercy. We are to do unto others as we hope they would do unto us."
Initially, I was honored and excited to have hundreds of people share my quotes. At one point, I lost count. Then I became intrigued. Silently, I thought, "Who are these people? How did they find my quote? And who do they represent?"
Seriously, I'm a geek like that. I want to know the story of how strangers randomly discovered my inspiring quotes, blogs, books, and/or videos. Most of the people who email me say they had googled information in which my name showed up first. (Or close to the top.)
For my YouTube video and blog about amazing signs of red cardinals, 95% of these strangers found me this way. They googled it. They wanted to learn more about the incredible signs of red cardinals who are heavenly messengers.
I never grow tired of reading their positive response to me about how my red cardinal story gave them comfort and encouragement, especially during their season of loss, grief, and life transitions. This is one reason why I am such a big believer in putting myself out there as far as my writing and speaking. We never know who may trip upon it. Or how it could help them, bless them, or motivate them.
As for the folks who felt led to share my quotes, it's truly people from all walks of life. I think this is what blew me away the most! There were schools, colleges, churches, ministries, holistic wellness websites, the LGBN community, yoga blogs, business websites, motivational sites that focus on inspirational quotes, blogs about success, and the list is endless.
One of the websites who promoted my quote is called Pass It On. On their "About page" with their mission, it states, "We choose values we hope most individuals would find encouraging and relevant. Then we provide an uplifting message based on each value, in an effort to encourage people to bring out the best in themselves. As a nonpartisan, nonsectarian organization, we carefully design our public service messages to have general universal appeal."
I don't know about you, but I love their mission! It's uplifting, edifying, and it gives our world hope. It's humbling to know that they included me as someone who has a positive impact on the world around us.
Today, when I reflected on my purpose in life being called to write, speak, and educate others about holistic wellness, I realized that my words are my legacy. I may not be rich in a monetary sense, but my words through writing and speaking can enrich other lives.
I may only have one voice, yet I know my voice matters. I believe that I am exactly where I'm meant to be. Right now. Here in this moment.
Even in the middle of some messy places. Essentially, if my own trials and triumphs can empower others to improve their own messy places, if I can give someone hope, and if I can be of value to help them feel worthy, my own mission in life is accomplished.
Today, what is your legacy? Consider what you can do to help make our world better. Feel free to comment and share how you want to contribute to giving those around you something meaningful.