The Effective Author: For What Will You Be Remembered?
© 2019 Kebba Buckley Button, MS, OM. World Rights Reserved.
In recent years, I was privileged to know an author who was widely known for her loving, supportive personality. Her expression was always one of eager joy. She wrote seven books and created the Valley Presbyterian Foundation. Sadly, she passed away last month of a brief illness. Her memorial service was the experience of a lifetime. It was all about Divine Love and feeling uplifted. It included Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnet 43, “How Do I Love Thee?”
My friend’s name was Kiki Swanson. Her given name was Flora Macdonald Burger, but she had a joyful, bouncy personality. So her father called her, “Kickapoo Joy Juice,” or “Kiki” for short. The most extraordinary dynamic occurred as people streamed out of the sanctuary after the memorial service. They began to talk about Kiki, and smiles rose. Even laughter erupted. We shared stories about Kiki and her happy, hardworking, loving ways, and that filled us anew with joy. The crowd became one joyful heart as we experienced Kiki’s love together. Kiki will long be remembered for joy, enthusiasm, zeal for good works, and love.
In 2018, the world received a cultural shock, as Prince Harry of Britain decided to marry a woman whose mother was Black. Though it was an historic first for them, the Royal Family opened up to love this young woman, Meghan Markle, and a new era of global consciousness began. Love got a reboot. At the May 19, 2018, wedding, both heads of the Anglican Church presided: a White man and a Black man. The White man was Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury and head of the Church of England. The Black man, who spoke in such a lively way about love, is Michael Curry, presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church USA, the US branch of the same church. At this first wedding of a white royal and a Black commoner, Bishop Curry reminded us that Dr. Martin Luther King said we must truly discover the redemptive power of love. The Bishop said that love is the greatest force. And when we truly discover it anew, we will change the world. Imagine a world in which love reigns supreme: no hunger, no war.
I recently was in a church where Bishop Curry participated and gave the sermon — on love, of course. Watch his face, and you will see the look of a man completely in touch with the Divine and with love.
It has been said that “Love is the answer, whatever the question.” Perhaps Kiki Swanson and Bishop Curry would agree. They will both be remembered, for many years, for being walking expressions of love. For what will you be remembered?
Kebba Buckley Button is a stress management expert with a natural healing practice. She also is an ordained minister whose passion is helping people find their Peace Within. She is the author of the award-winning book, Discover The Secret Energized You, available on Amazon, plus Inspirations for Peace Within: Quotes and Images to Uplift and Inspire. IPW is available on Amazon in full-color glossy format. Her newest book is Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine, also on Amazon in full-color. For full-color PDF versions, contact her office. For an appointment or to ask Kebba to speak for your group: firstname.lastname@example.org.