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Your Life is Your Story, Issue #207 – #208 – Thankful for Hard Things
November 27, 2023

"Your past is your story up to now. The future is the story yet to come. The present is where you live with that experience, your hopes and your dreams."

Your Life is Your Story Newsletter

November 27, 2023
Issue #208 – Thankful for Hard Things

From Tom Gilbert – Editor and Writer,

In this Issue:
Opening remarks: Now and Then
Featured Article: Thankful for Hard Things
Featured Resource: Finding Publishing Professionals on Reedsy

Opening Remarks: Now and Then

A final Beatles song was recently released to the world. A demo by John Lennon that was recorded to a cassette tape in 1977 and had questionable audio quality was turned into a real Beatles collaboration. Thanks to innovations in machine learning audio restoration technology, Peter Jackson (who did all that amazing work on the 2021 documentary Get Back) was able to separate John’s voice and the piano track and then more work was done to assemble what is truly the last Beatles track.

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, the two surviving members of the Fab Four, helped with additional playing and vocals. The late George Harrison had recorded some guitar from the previous attempt to make this a Beatles track for the 1995-1996 The Beatles Anthology and that was kept on the updated work for the song “Now and Then”.

“Now and Then” is ethereal and evokes memories of all the great music The Beatles gave us. And it seems to me to be a great song for reminiscing while honoring living today. Nice that John Lennon, who was tragically killed in 1980, could have this song come to life in 2023.

I’ve been thinking a lot about George Harrison, too, the other Beatle who passed away in late November of 2001. George shared his great talent both in the group and long after with his solo work. Paul and Ringo are still alive and seem to be living good and full lives. It’s pretty special to me to have been alive in the time of The Beatles' great music. Then again, it is pretty special to be alive and thankful for that now and then.

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Featured Article: Thankful for Hard Things

Giving Thanks - photo by Simon Maage on Unsplash

It’s the season of gratitude.

The Thanksgiving holiday is here and many of us naturally turn our thoughts to the things we are grateful for. There are the usual items that head the gratitude list: family, friends, health, home and, oh yes, the food. Yet, there are other things I have found are important to be thankful for and frankly, some of them don’t seem so obvious.

Have you ever been thankful for a hard thing?

When we are facing difficulties and dealing with hard things it can sometimes yield good results. How is this possible? I think it is because in the struggle we grow. And when there are hardships and tragedies there are people who will help. I am very thankful for that.

Read the full article Thankful for Hard Things. Gratitude is always a good thing.

Featured Resource: Finding Publishing Professionals on Reedsy

Doing all the work on your life story is hard and hazardous. If you are a gifted and motivated writer then it is great to do the writing.

However, talented writers still benefit from helpers like editors, cover designers and marketing pros. And some people prefer to have a ghost writer put their story to words.

I have found that reedsy gives you many options to seek out some helpful memoir and life story specialists.

I’ve been working with an editor I found on reedsy for a memoir I am ghost-writing and he has been extremely helpful. It is worth considering the investment to work with other professionals to help with your life story project.

Closing Information

That’s it for this month’s issue. Thanks for reading. Here’s to telling your story. Do give it some serious consideration because I just know you’ve got a great story to tell! Be sure to see the Get Started section.

Any comments, ideas or feedback is greatly appreciated. Just reply to this ‘zine and tell me what you think!

Until next time, – keep your story alive!

Tom Gilbert

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