January 16th, 2012
Motivate, inspire and educate with passion – a high-minded concept, a worthy endeavor. Live it. Learn it. Share it. But how really does one actualize this noble ideal within confines constructed by the complicated realities of our present day world?
It has been my great good fortune to be able to live with passion. My hope is that the experience’s that have grown out of that zest for life have segued naturally into all aspects of my personal expression. Yet I’m not certain that the credit for this would be rightfully mine. I have been just plain lucky! I grew up in the golden World War 2 era when suddenly all things seemed possible. From an young age, I was the beneficiary of the love of a family that not only introduced me to the wonders of my world, but afforded me the luxury of indulging the wanderlust that naturally emerged. My freedom to believe in and trust my ability to embark upon the leaps of faith adventures that presented themselves in my early years was a direct consequence of my charmed childhood. However, choosing the path that would allow me to motivate, inspire and educate as a result of my exceptional life was my own.
I have travelled the world. I have been a student and a teacher. I am a mother. I have seen and done and learned and survived a great deal. And I write about it all. This personal journey and its documentation is what I have come to appreciate as a contribution that I am both able and honored to make. Yet as I have boldly traversed my way through myriad wondrous adventures, I have discovered that it is I myself who has been the recipient of untold valuable lessons and life-affirming inspirations.
The thousands of diverse peoples and fantastic places I visited on my sailing passage continue to speak to me. The world became for me impossibly vast and surprisingly small, stunningly exotic and reassuringly familiar all at once. This is a unique phenomenon of travel, a gift to the adventurer, an epiphany granted for having made the journey. I have tried to illustrate with observable fact the existence of this experience in my writing.
The people of Africa with whom I lived and worked taught me volumes. The Kenyan women’s courage and their dedication to their young was astounding in spite, or possibly because, of the hardships they endured. And the children, although sick and hungry and frightened, were spunky heroes all in there own right. My hope is that I not only am able to educate and inspire with my books on this adventure, but actually help as well, as the proceeds from the children’s book is promised back to the little ones there who created it’s illustrations.
And so it is with tremendous joy and excitement that I continue to live what I hope and trust is a big, good, valuable, inspirational, motivational, educational and above all else, passionate life. I will continue to try to live, and to explore my world, with my mind and my eyes and my arms and my heart wide open. And I hope to write about it all.
Pamela Bitterman’s first book, Sailing To the Far Horizon, her own story of life, loss, and survival at sea is graphically biographical. It encapsulates the author as product of the first thirty years of her life.
Muzungu, the story of the author’s unlikely escapades throughout Kenya, picks up on that journey a couple decades later.
She has also written a children’s book titled When This Is Over, I Will Go To School, And I Will Learn To Read; A Story of Hope and Friendship for One Young Kenyan Orphan. Finally, the author has penned a homily entitled, Child, You Are Miracle. Links to these, plus trailers to her three published books can be found on her website: www.pamelasismanbitterman.com
EmbracingMyJourney L.L.C. was created by Caryn FitzGerald in 2008.
Caryn, known as "The Manifesting Queen" is a motivational columnist, speaker and writer, she has been featured in and published several books, including "Tulips In The Sand" "Fish Sticks, Books and Blue Jeans" “Manifest Success” “Visual Arts Junction Interviews” & “Online Marketing Success Stories..."
Caryn is a domestic violence survivor who has triumphed over a 10-year battle with anorexia and bulimia. She is a wife, mother, healthy-aging-specialist, writer, speaker, blogger, coach and a health food enthusiast Click to connect with Caryn at her website
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