Book Title: The Wisdom of Listening: Pieces of Gold from a Decade of Interviewing and Life by Marilyn R. Wilson
Category: Adult Non-fiction, 220 pages
Genre: Self-Esteem, Motivational, Personal Transformation
Publisher: Real People – Real Lives Press
Release date: May 28, 2018
Tour dates: Sept 24 to Oct 12, 2018
Content Rating: G
The next time you’re out in public, take a moment to look around you. Each and every person you see holds wisdom in their pockets–pieces of gold they’ve accumulated as they walked their own unique life journey.
Within these pages, Marilyn shares some of the many pieces of gold she has received over her decade-long career. They have been offered to her during interviews, through random encounters and while facing difficult challenges. The most important? We are each unique and exactly who we are meant to be.
Are you ready to dig for gold? All you need to do is be brave, be present in the moment and be open to the possibilities–then start a conversation.
Praise for The Wisdom of Listening:
“Every life has a story and, no matter our background, we share similar hopes, dreams and fears. This book not only gives you insight into the varied lives of its subjects but, through Marilyn’s reflections, shows how we each walk a similar spiritual path.”
– Robbin Whachell, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Bahamas Weekly
“Marilyn shows us, through her compassionate and incisive interviews, how to grasp and link those golden moments, like sparkling prisms of light, into an animated and profound acceptance of ourselves, the people we encounter, the relationships we build, and the dreams that will set us free.”
– Gabriella Contestabile, Author, Founder of Su Misura Sensory Journeys
“I was reminded we are collectively each walking our own paths, but often experience similar emotions, feelings, obstacles, challenges, triumphs, rewards and successes. We all learn as we go and we all become wiser as time passes. This is humanity. The diversity in each of us as a whole is awesome.”
– RozeMerie Cuevas, Co-Founder and Designer at JAC by Jacqueline Conoir
The Magic of Reading
by Marilyn R. Wilson
I no longer remember when I first started reading on my own. However, I have memories of being curled up with my two brothers next to my mum in the basement of our home – she reading to us – as we waited for a tornado to pass. Yes, that really happened when I was young and living in South Dakota. More than once. I am sure my mother was frightened, but she hid it well. We kids were lost in the story she was reading – the tornado totally forgotten. And THAT is the magic of reading.
Whatever genre you prefer to read – self-improvement, politics, education, fantasy, sci-fi, murder mystery, romance – the magic still happens. Good books take us away from the daily routine. The pressures we have disappear. They offer us a door to other universes, excitement, passion, inspiration, humor and new ideas. And while they do that, everything else falls away. At least that’s what happens to me.
I have always had a very strong imagination to the point that reality and dreams can seem very similar. When immersed in a good work of fiction in particular, the story line comes alive for me. I meet with the characters, visualize the places and feel their emotions. My heart beats faster during terrifying moments and tears can appear when things get emotional. If there are truly hilarious scenes, I often have to stop reading until I finish laughing.
Non-fiction books can also provide a great distraction. They require a little more focus before the magic starts, but I still find myself glued to the pages, the world around me forgotten. In this genre, biographies are my first choice as my passion is interviewing. I love hearing others share their truly unique journeys. However, books offering guidance can also pull me in. Suddenly, a light bulb comes on as the author offers me a new way of looking at a problem or an innovative solution I hadn’t thought to try.
While the magic of books offers us a chance to let go our day – the pressures, the expectations, the to-do list – this magic does come at a cost. I seriously lose track of time when immersed in a great read. One more chapter, then one more chapter, then just one more…I just HAVE to know what happens. The next thing I know I’m running late. Or it’s three in the morning and I am too wound up to go to sleep. I also can’t just put down a good book and dive back into my day. It takes a bit of time to come fully back to reality. No matter, the cost is worth it.
I also spent untold hours with my three kids curled up together while I read them book after book. Now adults, my greatest hope is that this time we spent together helped them embrace the magic of reading. And that they in turn will pass this gift on to their children…and their children to their children…and on through the generations.
Marilyn R. Wilson is a freelance writer, published author and speaker with a passion for interviewing. Her career as a writer began in an unusual way: by answering a Craigslist ad from a NYC magazine. The world shifted when she conducted her first interview—she had found her passion.
Since 2006, she has interviewed over a hundred and fifty people from around the globe, co-owned a local magazine, wrote freelance for others, worked as an editor, published two books and provided author support for her publisher. Her goal as an author — to give wings to the stories of others and to pay forward some of the many “pieces of gold” received during interviews – bits of wisdom that have changed her life.