Imperfect Inheritance
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Imperfect Inheritance

Stories and Encouragement

About the Book

People write for lots of different reasons. The one reason everyone who writes has in common though is that they have something to share. So sharing is the motive but there are unique stories belonging to each that has brought them to the point of sharing. Normally people want to publish because they have accumulated enough expertise that they can confidently support the content and they may even have a reputation behind them that means their name is recognised by their readers.

I can't lay claim to either. What I have is an offering based on the experience I have. So, this is where the argument for why anyone should read anything I have written can become ropey. We do things either because we trust or we have confidence based on experience. So I started a blog because I have written material for many years but I never converted it into published material. This seemed a home for this blog and so now I should tell you what I write about.

We all have to discover meaning and motive in what we do. Some find this comes easily and some spend their lifetimes struggling. There are plenty of books that are meant to help you uncover and validate these things. Bookshelves groan under the weight of self help literature - with varying degrees of value and varying degrees of succesful hooks to help you move on. I have a simple approach to what I have written - stories; stuff and encouragement. I'll come flat out and say I do believe we are spiritual creatures living physical lives but nothing I have written here means you have to believe the same. There are stories that offer a context, showing I have struggled for meaning like everyone else; there's a hodge podge of observations, again that many will have experienced and tried to understand, and finally some words of encouragement.

I'm not offering solutions I just offer a context for a reader to reconceive how they think and feel about their choices in life and the things they might do next. As I say in my introduction, there's only one way to find out if what I have written is of any use to you - have a read.

About the Author

Annette Copper
Annette Copper

I have made what I thought was an unholy mess of my life. I have experienced life events many of us feed off, to make us feel like we belong and happy - like forming relationships and having children. I also experienced despair and confusion in equal measure from the same things.

We can all be hampered by our past and get trapped by letting our bitternesses grow and troubles fester. We have to decide if we are going to fixate on the things and people that have made our lives darker, or take the lessons these events offer to teach us and use them as fixed points of understanding to go get more of what makes us happy.

Like so many others, I have struggled for meaning in my life. I have had to ask myself where I fit in and where I don’t. I have struggled with the meaning of things and the people I know, because I knew I needed to live and not just exist.

Slowly, I realised I was reflecting, learning and acting on my observations conversations and experiences. They were teaching me to interpret patterns that many know as life lessons.

I have tried to find happiness and direction in religion, family, relationships, work and even blotted feelings out by simply trying not to engage my brain. Then I came full circle and quielty accepted myself as both the problem and the solution. I do believe there is a spiritual life we can live in parallel with our physical life - actually I believe we are spiritual beings living physical lives. Our challenge is to work through this natural tension and conquer it, so you steer life rather than life circumstances steer you.

Everyone has an authentic life waiting to happen, that can be led with bravery and honesty. I take those risks now and that's all I'm trying to encourage others to do in the lives they lead.Everyone has a unique understanding of their life and the times. Because of this uniqueness I write about the patchwork of the dilemmas and delights many of us encounter and enjoy or fight against, as we live our lives in body and spirit.

I write for the restless, the imaginative, the curious, and those who don’t want to be told what to find in life. I just want to present the possibilities. I write these things becasue it might touch you. You might park it but like all those that write to share, you leave them to tick for all time.

…live, love, make mistakes, learn, move on and let it be.

Table of Contents

  1. Acknowledgments
  2. Preface
  3. Introduction
  4. 1 Stories
  5. A New Year - Old Tricks
  6. Two Old Guys
  7. A story of Conviction: Whitney Houston, Jemima Wilkinson and American Hippies
  8. Nature - the Great Teacher
  9. 2 Stuff
  10. Finding your heart in life - You’re either an Eeyore or a Tigger
  11. Love What You Do and Do What You Love in a Mad, Bad World
  12. It’s Not How You Start…
  13. Where do you begin on the Question of God?
  14. Saying the Obvious has its Purpose
  15. Ralph Waldo Emerson and Self Reliance
  16. Relationships are Open for Business 24hrs a day
  17. Finding Purpose and Meaning It
  18. 3 Encouragement
  19. Determination - The Stuff of Legend
  20. What Is Heroism?
  21. Where do you find Peace?
  22. Happiness May be Closer than You Think
  23. Letting Go and Grabbing On
  24. Losing and Finding Strength and Sensitivity
  25. What do You Do When You Still Have a Million Miles To Go?

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