Ikigai and Illness: A Guide to Living Fully with Purpose, Meaning and Joyful Moments

The Time Has Come

The time has come, the Walrus said,

To speak of many things:

Of shoes – and ships – and sealing wax –

Of cabbages – and kings –

And why the sea is boiling hot –

And whether pigs have wings.  by Lewis Carroll

I have written a small book, (55 pages)  the title of today’s post. It is now up on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca and in a few months it will be a small print book as well. I mention the latter because a few people who knew this was coming want the paper versions to give away. The ToDo Institute published the book and I thank them. Truthfully, if it wasn’t for their director Gregg hounding me, there would be no book.  However, now that I did it, I’m glad I did.

I’m not exactly sure how this works, but it appears that Friday is launch day, and so far one 11 year old grandson, in the know, proudly told me that he bought my book and will read it.  Just in case you want to download the book the introductory price is $2.99 on the US site and  $3.69 on the Canadian site, and you don’t need a Kindle. You can download the free app for your phone or tablet. In fact I like it better on my phone, so far. Before I forget – there will be a special weekend price that’s even cheaper.

So that is it. That’s my news.

I want to say that it is actually scary to write a book, even a small one, and put it out there. It is easier to hide our light rather than to let it shine. But time is short and everyone reading this has their own gifts to share with the world. Our circles of influence may be small but if we can be a light to even one person than let’s do it. Let’s be bold, and brave and write, paint, draw, sing, build, quilt, cultivate,  create, cook for the neighbourhood, and care for…that thing that you love that makes you YOU. That something that may help someone else.

“Come to the edge,” he said.
“We can’t, we’re afraid!” they responded.
“Come to the edge,” he said.
“We can’t, We will fall!” they responded.
“Come to the edge,” he said.
And so they came.
And he pushed them.
And they flew.”   ― Guillaume Apollinaire





Note 1:Canadian Site  Ikigai and Illness

Note 2: American site Ikigai and Illness

Note 3: This is the longish weekend that stretches between Canada and the US July 1st and July 4th. It seems to me we all have much to reflect on with the hope and the resolution that as we go forward we can make a better world for all. 

Note 4: And let’s not forget that in the midst of sorrow there are always helping hands, points of light, humor and joyful moments.  When we can’t see the light, let’s turn our own up and be the light for someone else.

Note 5:) Good grief, it is time to say goodbye, Trudy. Thank you, dear readers. My deepest gratitude to have such wonderful people showing up here week after week.  Don’t miss summer. OK. See you next Wednesday.



24 replies
  1. Jean
    Jean says:

    Yeah,so proud of you.yes,I will read it with warm fuzzies in my heart because the author is a special freind of mine.

  2. Wendy KURCHAK
    Wendy KURCHAK says:

    Dear Trudy,

    Congratulations, and a standing ovation, ” Brava!” for writing AND publishing this book which is sure to change people’s lives; your discussion about Ikigai and cancer at a Wellspring workshop changed my own decisions about treatment, and finding meaning each day.

    I can’t wait to read your first Book!


  3. yoshie
    yoshie says:

    Heartfelt congratulations Trudy. The time has come! You also push us to step forward. Dr. Itami shall know your awaited achievement. Hugs, Yoshie

  4. gottfried
    gottfried says:

    Yes, Trudy, heartiest congratulations to your first one; and I know there are more in you. It will be of great benefit and help to many. I am really very glad you started that journey now.

  5. Margaret
    Margaret says:

    Trudy, just a quick followup note to express how much I’ve enjoyed reading your book. It is calming, level-headed, compassionate, and lovely. Thanks again for sharing this with the world!

    • T Boyle
      T Boyle says:

      Margaret…thank you for these encouraging words. I am happy to hear that you found it so. With much appreciation, Trudy


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