On November 11th, I will be posting an interview with writing Linda Wisniewski. Her new book Off Kilter: A Woman’s Journey to Peace with Scioliosis, Her Mother, and Her Polish Heritage promises to be something very meaningful to me, and I hope many of you will read the interview and want to pick up her book.

Here’s an excerpt from the book’s Introduction:
Recently, I’ve begun to think of scoliosis as a metaphor for my life. I’ve struggled to please teachers, employers, parents, boyfriends, husbands, twisting myself into someone I can’t be. I hurt when I do this, because it’s not natural. And it never works.

But when I stretch my Self, instead, the results are different. When I’m reaching for my personal goals—to be a good mother, wife, friend and writer—I feel my balance return. And the sense of relief, as I become more the woman I truly am, is simply grand.

For a moment, on this busy morning when I have so much to do for other people, I shimmered with recognition, realizing that my balance is my responsibility, that I can’t blame other people for my inability to set boundaries. I realize this every few days – and apparently need to – but Ms. Wisniewski’s words this morning really brought that home.

All we are asked in this world is to become more fully the people God designed us to be. With that becoming comes love for others and care of them, for we cannot be truly ourselves if we are not caring for those around us – but first, we must be who we are. What a beautiful thing.