Problem-solving ideas are more likely to pop up for us, like hot kernels of corn, when we are experiencing hope than when we are feeling fear.
Sedona, AZ (PRWEB) January 02, 2013
According to author and speaker, Charlene Costanzo, despite challenges seen in the world and faced in personal lives, one can enter the New Year with hope and courage.
“Let’s start the new year in a position of strength,” urges Costanzo. “One way to do that is for each of us to look within and recognize our rich inner resources.
Her latest book, Touchstones: Stories for Living The Twelve Gifts, offers an approach for realizing one’s inner gifts and talents. A collection of true stories demonstrates the power of strength, beauty, courage, compassion, hope, joy, talent, imagination, reverence, wisdom, love and faith in people’s lives. Each story is meant to inspire readers to stay in touch with their own inner gifts, especially when fear, hurt, anger, or doubt has discouraged them.
As one reviewer said, the book “reminds us that we have more ability and capacity than we believe or feel ourselves to have.”
Another noted, “When I read these stories, I feel like there’s something in me that’s shifted.”
“Such shifts can be life-changing,” says Costanzo. “When we recognize the goodness, the talents, and the strengths in us, everyday life is transformed. For example, we become more creative. Problem-solving ideas are more likely to pop up for us, like hot kernels of corn, when we are experiencing hope than when we are feeling fear. We become more effective in our relationships at home and at work too.”
The collection of touchstone stories includes showing how:
- A mother discovered strength when she chose to save the life of a dog
- A destroyed garden led a family to see beauty differently
- A baseball team used imagination to win The World Series
- An inner voice guided a father to help his daughter build self-worth
- A type of near-death experience deepened the author’s faith
Quotes and questions for reflection, journaling, and discussion at the end of each chapter are also provided help readers build their own collection of touchstones.
Charlene Gorda Costanzo is an author, workshop facilitator, wife, mother, and grandmother. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy from St. Bonaventure University and an M.A. in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica.
Charlene has been speaking, writing, and creating videos and other resources related to The Twelve Gifts since she published her award-winning book, The Twelve Gifts of Birth in 1999. This bestseller contains a message that tells children about the gifts they received when they were born. The Twelve Gifts collection has since grown to include: The Twelve Gifts for Healing, The Twelve Gifts in Marriage, The Thirteenth Gift, and Touchstones: Stories for Living The Twelve Gifts.
To learn more about Charlene Costanzo and The Twelve Gifts collection, visit the author's website, where one can sign up for a daily inspirational emailed message. Or subscribe to that at Today’s Touchstone.