Sunday, June 20, 2010

This Is Not the Story You Think It Is

Laura Munson is one of us--a seeker and a thinker; a wife and a mother. She is a writer, one who had not found her way to being published despite 20 years of dedication, 14 completed novels and reams of "good' rejection notes in her office.

And she decided to stop suffering. Just in time, too. When her husband announced he no longer loved her and may never have loved her, she was given an opportunity to practice non-suffering. A big time opportunity.

Munson says, "It is possible to commit to non-suffering in a time of crisis. To let go of outcome. To truly live in the moment as a way of survival, not just as spiritual preference or practice. When we are living like that, we are living in freedom."

As a writer, Munson did the only thing she knew to do in this uncharted territory: She wrote her way through it. On August 2, 2009, her essay "Those Aren't Fighting Words, Dear," was published in the NY Times "Modern Love" column. The response almost crashed the paper's servers--they had to shut down comments to slow the overload. Within 48 hours, Munson had a contract for a memoir, a book she had written as the story unfolded. "This Is Not the Story You Think It Is" was published in April, 2010.

Munson's book is worth reading. And rereading. And reading again. She is a woman who lives her belief in people and principles. Despite her husband's "dis-affection," as she calls it, she loves and believes in him. Despite 14 unpublished novels, she believes in herself as a writer. Despite the tidal pull of anger and bitterness and reactionary choices, she believes in the freedom of choosing not to suffer. She doesn't paint this as easy or herself as a saint. She simply keeps putting one foot in front of the other on a path to peace.

Her path did lead her to peace and to being published and to living the life she imagined.

Long may it wave.


Deb Shucka said...

Thanks, Jerri, for this amazing recommendation. It's on the top of my list.

Carrie Wilson Link said...

WOW, what a story! Can't wait to read the book - may have to revise my top 10 list! said...

Bought it today. Thanks for the recommendation! xo

Anonymous said...

Jerri-- you so nailed what my book is about that I want to weep. Thank you for your kind words and support!
Laura Munson

Amber said...

"She doesn't paint this as easy or herself as a saint. She simply keeps putting one foot in front of the other on a path to peace."--

Like that. Adding now to my amazon.


kario said...

Holy perseverence, Batman! 14 novels?

Ordering it today...