Imagine you have the opportunity to write a book about your childhood and teenage stage. Imagine you have the paper and the pen to jot down all the memories you can still remember when you were in elementary—innocent and full of joy. When you were in high school, tried so hard to look very charming despite the evidence of puberty in your face (e.g. pimples and oily skin), and when you were in college, you became determined yet half-hearted. Imagine you have the privilege to write a book about your achievements and failures: secrets, heartbreak, confusion, loss, celebrations, and whatsoever. If ever, what would be the title of your book? And if ever, would you let everyone read it out loud? Would you let everyone know your whole story?
Maybe at first you will say no, fearful of the things people will say or react about what you wrote; doubtful if people would get something good and inspiring out of your life. But that is what Isa Garcia did. She wrote a book containing letters about her life addressed to us so that through it, we could learn a thing or two and be inspired to live a life worth living and writing.
Found: Letters on Love, Life, and God is a book written by Isa Garcia who talks about the girl who has been feeling a bit lost, running from the pain, finding herself then making her world a better place. I’ve read the book for three days and I’m so moved with how honest, strong, and beautiful each letter was written and I’m sharing few excerpts from the book that you might need to read.
Often times, we thought (or it was only me?) that being in a relationship means possession. That was my mindset when I was in my previous immature and unhealthy relationship. It was toxic, we were so insecure of each other. We want to own each other so much that we ended up choking; out of breath. After that relationship, I learned so much from the pain it caused to us. I learned and moved on. I realized that if you really love someone, you don’t tie them up in your wrist, afraid that they might go away from you. That’s not how love works. If you love someone, love them, but also let them love you the way they express their love to others. These lines from Isa reminded me so much of the past and the best I got out of my mistakes.
“Pain is inevitable.” A line I will always remember to put in my pocket. We are human, scared of what negative or bad things may bring us. We are always pursuing happiness, afraid to see the dark clouds that tries to appear before our hopeful eyes. But life is not always what we thought it seems. There will be days that will make us feel like it was the worst day of our lives. I know how it feels because I’ve been through the rainbows and also the thorny bushes beside it; I’ve gone through the worst, I believe you are too. But look where you are right now; at ourselves – we overcame so many difficulties in life and we’re still alive and tougher than we are before. No matter how many dark clouds may come our way, blocking the view of the goodness in life, we will always be reminded that God is with us. He sees what we are going through, and He will make us braver through all of these challenges. I just hope you think the same about God, too.
This beautifully-made paragraph is for you, me, and all of us. It is for all of us who thinks that we are small; we are nothing but a loser. This is for all of you who think that doing what the world does is the only way to be accepted; to be called pretty, sexy, and admirable. This is for all of you who were left, cheated on, betrayed, hurt, manipulated, and felt unworthy, that you are not enough. You are wrong because you are enough. I am enough. Whatever happened in my past, I know I am enough. Whatever lie the world is trying to impose in my head, I am enough. Whatever hurtful words were said to me, I am enough. You are enough. We are not our pasts. We are not our mistakes and failures. God loves you – whether you believe in Him or not, He loves you still. And His love can conquer everything, so that you will have the strength to say it again to yourself, “I am enough.”
After reading the book, I feel like I don’t need to write my own book anymore because someone wrote it for me. Isa wrote her life in a mirror and it reflects me so much it left a place in my heart; not because of any grudges from the past but because of how beautiful and honest it was written. I hope you guys found this book interesting and inspiring as much as I do and I’m highly suggesting you read it and be inspired by someone who is no difference from us; once lost, but discovered her way to be found. 💛
Disclaimer: This post is for Found blog tour by OMF Lit and Isa Garcia. I was given a complimentary e-Book in exchange of a truthful blog post about the book.