A Brand New Chapter

The process of life attracts many metaphors. The “ journey” has become a popular one. A “season” is another which you may hear from time to time. A few years ago, I wrote a blog discussing the game of baseball being a metaphor for life. More recently, I penned an article on Goodreads about life being like a book. I want to continue with this symbol of life because we all have a unique “Book of Life.”

Your “Book of Life” is like no other. If the story is authentic as it should be, no plagiarism exists. If attempts are made to duplicate it, pity the sad individual who makes an attempt because they will not be successful. Your book of life is copyrighted and trademarked for the sole purpose of you.

During the early chapters of your book of life, you are not the author.

Someone else is trying to set the tone. Eventually, you begin to assist in the writing, and hopefully, whatever those first chapters entail, you will develop your own unique style with the rest of the book reflecting your creation.

Because of the unfairness of life, the early part of the book is not always an easy read. In fact, for some of you, once you take control of the writing you do not believe you can alter the story. You find it to be too arduous. Consequently, you continue your tale relinquishing hope in your ability to create new and, probably, exhilarating chapters.

Some of you have very lush and copious stories. Not only is your book thick but, at times, intriguing. Although some of your chapters reveal that life has been extremely challenging, you are able to eloquently convey your tenacious spirit and the belief in the possibilities. You also recognize your good fortune to have such an abundant narrative knowing full well of the tenuousness of life.

Sadly, some of you have very slim books but know they are meaningful to those who are a party of your story. “The End” came too soon, and many wonder how lovely the account would have been if only…

You can take this blank page and begin a new chapter. Even if it changes slightly, that is the beginning and more will come.

There are some of you who have chosen to bring an abrupt end to your narrative when it was not supposed to be. As we know, most disturbingly, adolescents have increasingly chosen to write their final chapter with an impulsive “The End.” As some men age, they too choose this sudden end to their story. Surprisingly, some Gen X and younger Baby Boomer women have increasingly decided to join the men in succumbing to this premature end. For all of you who consider this option, remember, turning the page can make all of the difference in the world. You can take this blank page and begin a new chapter. Even if it changes slightly, that is the beginning and more will come. Each time you draft a new page, your mindset will begin to shift. Ultimately, you will be grateful for the chance to extend your account and recognize that nothing which includes your story stays the same.

My book of life is quite extensive. I project that I am at least three quarters completed, but it is not for me to determine. I leave it to my supreme publisher who has allowed me to create my own unique narrative. He is my superior and will determine when my “The End” will happen. Once my book of life is completed, I firmly believe that I will have an opportunity to begin a new story which will unfold in ways the human mind cannot comprehend.

In the meantime, I will continue to write new chapters in my book of life. I am most appreciative that I have been bestowed with much energy and love. For those who have been an integral part of my life, you know that my book has been injected with unusual challenges. Some will be extinguished. Others will remain, and if they do ease, much, much sadness will ensue. How does one circumvent such obstacles? I continue to create new chapters in my Book of Life, and I will continue to do so as long as I remain in this life.

What about you? Have you thought about your unique book of life?

If not, please give it some consideration. Do not forget that you become the author of your narrative once those first few chapters are written. Whether or not you have attempted to write a compelling book early on, it is never too late to give it a try. Even if you think there are only a few chapters left, begin drafting something new. Remember your book of life could have an unexpected and amazing finale. Imagine how someone might write a review and say, “Wow, I wasn’t sure about this book, but keep going because when you get to those last few chapters, what a riveting twist it takes.” As you hear this, how delighted you can be as you smile from afar.


Darlene Corbett
Darlene Corbett
Darlene Corbett views herself as a life-long learner, a pursuer of excellence, a work-in-progress, and a seeker-of-the-truth. She is also referred to as the "Unstuck Expert" in her many roles. Why? Because for over thirty years, she has been assisting people to get unstuck. Darlene's primary roles are now Therapist, Hypnotherapist, and Author/Writer. Although she loves speaking, it is now secondary and done mainly through her podcast, "Get Unstuck Now. Because of her wealth of experience, Darlene began putting her thoughts on paper.  Many of her blogs can also be found on Medium, Sixty and Me, and Penning these articles set the stage for her first book, "Stop Depriving The World of You," traditionally published by Sound Wisdom. Being a believer in pushing oneself as long as one has life, Darlene has tried her hand at fiction, hoping to have something completed in the no-so-distant future. Over the years, Darlene has been described as animated or effervescent which contradicts the perception of a psychotherapist. She firmly believes in the importance of being authentic and discusses platinum-style authenticity in her book.

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    • From Darlene: Thank you, Suzie for reading and responding. What a great title for a book. Congratulations!

  1. What a wonderful article, Darlene. These ideas reminded me of how we can start each moment fresh from the heart and soul. Each of us is the sole and uncontested author of our lives. This I know in my bones. If people had told me just four years ago that I’d be relishing a beautiful love relationship, living in an exquisitely beautiful area of our country, writing poetry/essays from my heart, I would have looked at them wondering what funny something they had been smoking.

    I’d also offer this lovely quote that I read today:

    “To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest. To live fully is to be always in no-man’s-land, to experience each moment as completely new and fresh. To live is to be willing to die over and over again.” ~Pema Chodron

    Another version of turning to that blank page. Thank you for this thought-provoking and fun article. A warm welcome to BizCatalyst360!!

    • Hi Laura:

      Thank you for your beautiful response. What a majestic quote from Pema Chodron! So true…It takes much courage to venture into the unknown…

      Thank you also for you warm welcome. The outpouring of welcome from this amazing community is most appreciative! I am so happy to be a part of it and look forward to reading everyone’s articles.

      With a smile,


  2. I second Melissa’s reaction, Darlene. I love this! Thank you for sharing this unique perspective. You are right in that we own our story and the chapters that we create. We pen them – hopefully – with the best intentions, but sometimes there are grammatical errors or spelling errors. They are the road bumps that can jolt us, but they can also help us see that there’s another part to our story. We are ever-evolving just as the chapters that we write.

  3. Wow… I love this, Darlene! When we think of the twists and turns of life as the chapters of our lives, it’s not the life that happens to us. Rather it’s the story of us. This is such a great perspective. Thank you for sharing this!

    • Thank you again so much for your kind words! I am most appreciative of your positive feedback! I look forward to reading your posts also! ?

    • Hi Melissa:

      You probably already figured this out, but the anonymous comment was from me. I am just waiting for my recovered password.

      With a smile,