Glad No Matter What: Transforming Loss and Change into Gift and Opportunity
Much more than a simplistic search for the silver lining in storm clouds, SARK's approach is a map, guidebook, and step-by-step strategy for profound, positive transformation through, rather than despite, life's inevitable travails.
Though SARK has empowered millions to live their creative dreams, manage their businesses, and savor personal connections, the deaths of her mother and cat and the end of a treasured relationship tested her ability to walk her talk. But as Glad No Matter What shows, she journeyed through the spirals and layers of grief and loss and emerged stronger and more whole. In this inspiring book, she shares the insights she found along the way — practical strategies we can all use to cultivate profound, positive transformation through, rather than despite, life’s inevitable travails.
San Francisco-based inspirational artist and speaker SARK (Succulent Wild Woman: Dancing with Your Wonder-Full Self!) invites readers to transform loss and pain into joy in this work printed with her handwriting and illustrated with multicolor artwork. Sharing her own experiences of loss, including the deaths of her mother, Marvelous Marjorie, and her cat, Jupiter (featured prominently in her earlier writings), SARK invites us to acknowledge strong and ambivalent feelings surrounding loss and to experience them in a middle place between love and hate where healing happens. Readers are then guided to find the GLAD (giving lovingly and daringly) parts of negative feelings and to identify, experience, accept, and share the gifts of death that lead to changes and opportunities. Each section concludes with a "screen of contemplation" (ideas for further reflection), quotes and "remarkable resources" (books, websites, music). The book ends with personal stories from people who have been transformed through change and loss. VERDICT SARK leads by example, offering gentle, humorous, and colorful instructions for learning to move through life's difficult times.—Lucille M. Boone, Library Journal
SARK (Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy) is a bestselling author and artist. Her books have sold over two million copies. She is the founder and creative fountain of Planet SARK, a thriving business that creates fabulous products and services to support empowered living. She lives gladly in San Francisco.