Book: At the End of your Rope? Tie a Knot & Hang On! Help has arrived! by Camille Sanzonecategories: Book, Self-Growth, Philosophy, Humor, Inpirational Poetry, Motivational, Life Strategies, Personal Growth
Camille Sanzoneabout this book: I began writing this book in December of 1986, after writing an 8-page suicide letter. The operative word in that sentence is "letter"; had I written the traditional suicide "note", I might have gone through with it. So, for once in my life, being prolific saved it!
It began as a SUICIDE-PREVENTION MANUAL. I wrote several chapters, then put it aside and went on with my life. In December of 2011, my brother Johnny died nine months after being diagnosed with cancer, glioblastoma multiforme, the most aggressive kind of brain tumor. As often happens when we lose someone dear to us, perhaps as part of the grieving process, we reassess our lives, and so I reassessed mine. At one point, I asked myself what I would do if I knew I had only nine months to live.
The answer to my question was that I would finish one of the books I had started, so that I could leave some kind of tangible legacy. I have done a variety of things in my professional working life from being an investigator of child abuse and neglect allegations, being an instructor for a nonprofit organization which provides housing to battered women and their children, (teaching a program called IT'S NOT OK about how to avoid being a victim or perpetrator of violence), being a workshop creator and facilitator in areas of personal, professional and spiritual growth, being a radio show producer and host, being a local cable show host, to working with people challenged with AIDS and seniors struggling with Alzheimer's Disease, to being a standup comedienne. All the while, I was always writing – poetry, essays, plays, books, but never attempted to publish anything. So, I looked through my folders and found the chapters I had written in 1986; then decided to write a different book, not a suicide-prevention manual, but a life-embracing treatise for those who might be struggling or just seeking a better way of being in the world. We all deserve to be happy, yet so few of us truly are.
I told myself I wanted my book to be a source of encouragement, entertainment and enlightenment. Quite a tall order for this five foot two Sicilian, but I felt up to it, and I was. I am very proud of my book; it is a very personal invitation to those who feel stuck, to those who feel lost, to those who have lost hope, and to those who simply want more out of life, or a better life.
Once I came up with the title, inspired by a line the late Dr. Leo Bucaglia often used, I contracted a comic-book artist to create the cover, based on my specifications. I wanted there to be a younger version of me hanging onto a rope, knotted at the end for safety, happily swinging; a representation of going through the jungle of life, becoming your own hero.
Some people who have contacted me since reading my book have said it was like having a visit with a very funny, yet wise friend. One woman said she was not a reader, but had received my book as a birthday present. She said it came at just the right time. She had lost her husband a couple of years before to cancer, and had been depressed ever since. Her life just wasn't the same; she took no joy in anything. Well, she said she found the cover and title intriguing and once she started reading it, she could not put my book down, yet she was taking her time with it, doing all the processes at the end of each chapter. Since finishing the book, she said she understands herself better, knows what she wants, and has already starting doing what she has to do to make important changes. She said that she has hope for the first time in a very long time that she can have a happy life again.
Beyond the processes at the end of each chapter, there is an original, relevant poem at the beginning of each of the seventeen chapters, AHA moments, and laugh-out-loud segments, including humorous anecdotes from my stand-up routines. I am an avid reader and there are many of my favorite quotes inserted throughout the book. In the Appendix are photos of my big Sicilian family as examples for a Scrapbook/Story Book process I suggest, and some of my comfort-food recipes. My book nourishes on every level – body, mind and spirit. It presents a different way of looking at your life, the world, and your place in it. It invites, encourages and inspires you to choose ever better ways of being in the world. We often teach best what we most need to learn, so, as a refresher, I read a chapter or two from my own book from time to time as I need it!
My wish is that my book is filled with exactly the right words at the right time for you. Grab that rope, tie a knot and hang on! Your search has ended. Help has, indeed, arrived!
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