Book Review: YES!
Shonda Rhimes? Private Practice. Grey’s Anatomy. Scandal. How To Get Away With Murder. Yes, you know the one! YES! The one who has ABC‘s Thursday nights on lock! YES! THAT Shonda Rhimes. No, I don’t watch them either. Well…maybe Grey’s Anatomy…maybe.
Writer. Creator. Visionary. ShondaLand. Shonda Rhimes? Yes, you know the one! College graduate. Mother. Single. Dream Catcher. History Maker. YES! The one who is not afraid to address “controversial” matters in honest, educational ways! YES! THAT Shonda Rhimes! YES! Sign me up! I’m a supporter.
So, she wrote a book? Really? Shonda Rhimes? Yes, you know the one. It’s entitled, “Year of Yes”. (See: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Year-of-Yes/Shonda-Rhimes/9781476777092) Interesting….
OK. OK. I LOVE THIS BOOK! It is a great balance of honesty and humor. I enjoyed how she intertwines her experiences, explicitly including reflective examples of race and gender. (YES, this is her life.) Rarely have I seen that done in such a matter-of-fact, I’m-simply-saying, the-world-through-my-eyes way. Through the chuckles, you realize that she is growing and that you are too. Shonda Rhimes? Yes, you know the one.
I’m glad I made time (specifically three days) to read this book. In its pages, I discovered glimpses of myself. It helped that like her, I am a writer and can relate to the solitude of the craft. Finding inspiration, it did not take long before I began to say, “YES”, to more invitations and to facing fears. After all, have I loss pieces of myself in the safety and security of the “No”? Maybe.
You know, I have a strong sense that a lot of amazing things are coming my way. Life is what you make it. I am saying, “Yes”, to new opportunities; to working to achieve greatness; to being happy, healthy, and whole; to being unapologetically abundantly blessed and great beyond measure. I am saying, “Yes”, to living! What about you? Need some motivation? Check out Shonda Rhimes’ book! Yes, you know the one!