Dash of Sass: Sentence, Chapter, or Book?

SentenceYou know what? Sometimes this happens in life…we dedicate entire chapters and books to people who barely give us a footnote in the story of their lives. I’ve done it. I did it – literally! For years I tried to cast someone as the romantic lead in my story who hadn’t even auditioned for the part. And there are moments I want to take my book I’ve Never Been to Vegas but My Luggage Has and burn it page by page so I never have to see his name ever again. But then I come back to the fact that it doesn’t matter how he viewed me or didn’t view me. It matters that I took a chance. I was BRAVE. I opened myself up to the idea of love and I risked getting hurt and I made myself vulnerable to another human being…and that is what matters to me. Not how he chose to receive my heart but how I chose to put it out there. The truth is, it doesn’t make a difference where I fall in the story of his life or anyone else’s life. What’s important is that I tell my own story bravely. So I won’t regret the pages of #NeverBeenToVegas, or any other chapter in the book of my life, because they mattered and they were beautiful and they prove that I’m bold and ALIVE and willing to go out on a limb for love even if the other person doesn’t always join me there. And I’ll even feel thankful for him…because hey! I might have only been a sentence in his story, but he helped me hit the New York Times Bestseller List! (Perhaps I should send him a fruit basket?!?) 😉

19 Responses to “ Dash of Sass: Sentence, Chapter, or Book? ”

  1. Carla
    February 19, 2015

    how can I just buy the book. & what other books do you have?
    Love seeing all your posts will do me GOOD TO READ ON OF YOUR BOOKS!!!

    • Mandy Hale
      March 18, 2015

      All of my books are available at bookstores or anywhere online where books are sold. 🙂 ~M

  2. Relebohile Seephephe
    February 19, 2015

    I will forever be thankful to him because he made me realise what i had lost along the way in trying to make him the centre of my world. His leaving me brought me back to God, brought me back to my love of reading.

  3. Cindy Williams
    February 19, 2015

    I need to get this book

  4. Steve
    February 19, 2015

    I just wish it didn’t hurt so much.

  5. amy
    February 19, 2015

    Thank you… So much

  6. Sandra
    February 20, 2015

    Hi Mandy

    Thank you for sharing your experience. Since my divorce I have done this time and time again in search and hope for love and always ended up feeling stupid and humiliated. Thank you for shedding light on the positive side of it.

    God bless

  7. Precious Iomhara
    February 20, 2015

    I cried…and then I smiled *-*

  8. Tasha
    February 20, 2015

    Thanks for sharing. This one hit home.

  9. mattie
    February 20, 2015

    thank you mandy, I am gonna pass this on to a dear friend that is recovering ( thank G-d) from a suicide attempt because of a man that she invested her story in ,that I am not sure she was even a sentence to him .Very hurtful and sad .please pray for her strength and courage to get back up and move forward. thank you G-d bless

  10. February 20, 2015

    I always loved o purpose, ignoring the signs, but regardless the lessons I learnt made me stronger, now im able to differentiate between a person who’s all about right now and a person who’s interested in a Future. Thanks Mandy. You inspire us. I still am making peace with being alone and comfortable. .. :).

    • Mariela
      February 24, 2015

      You are not alone! We’ve all walked that path and thank God and Mandy we are learning to do things all better finally! 🙂 Keep it up! Xoxo.

  11. crizzy
    February 20, 2015

    Hi Mandy! This blog entry is so perfect for what I’m going through now. Before I read this entry, I’m feeling so down because of this guy who doesn’t seem to appreciate me. Now, I’m feeling a little better. Thanks to you and your empowering words! Thank you so much for continuing to inspire women and instilling us our self worth. God bless you always!

  12. Wondering
    February 21, 2015

    It’s that “fine line” of knowing that as women of God we must be fulfilled by knowing that each one of us is “an entire story” to Jesus, but also that we were created to have in us the sense of being part of someone else’s (an earthly man’s) story too: Eve from Adam’s rib…the “helpmete”…and being able to handle it if that hasn’t happened. OR, if we have tried to make it happen, but it not ending up to be God’s orchestrated Plan. It is very tough, and I also have not been able to get to that ultimate place of peace with it….but, like a recent favorite song of mine states (and it’s very comforting): “He knows…”. Love to you all. Terri

    • February 22, 2015

      Being, As in being content in His Plan in this Place . Every word this morning has touched a tender place deep within,yet on the surface , I’m wondering , trusting(Him

  13. Mariela
    February 24, 2015

    I’ll share my insight after been heartbroken by the most selfish and immature man I’ve ever meet. (Please excuse my English as Spanish is my first language 😉

    “Thank you for your abuse because after getting up of it I learned that I’m stronger than I ever thought”
    “Thank you for your lies because you make me open my eyes to the reality that: ‘What you see is not what you get’. I was too naive”
    “Thank you for your betrayal because I learned I should be more cautious in whom I trust”
    “Thank you for being unrespectful because it taught me about what I would never tolerate”
    “Thank you for playing me because from that pain I grew stronger wings”
    “Thank you for breaking my heart because you gave God the opportunity to put it back together, and it end up better!”
    “Thank you for not valuing me because you pushed me to do it”
    “Thank you for making me wish to be dead because that made me love life even more”
    “Thank you for abandoned me because it lead me to find myself”
    “Thank you for being a coward because it made me more brave”
    And, “Thank you for your lack of manliness which made me a better woman!”

    PS. To Mr.H

  14. Paula
    February 28, 2015

    Thanks for the lies, Out of those lies God gave me a beautiful daughter.

  15. Jane
    April 6, 2015

    I gave Mr G a chapter in the book of my life, and wanted to make him a permanent part of my story. Sadly, he didn’t feel the same, and oh how I despised him because I was merely a sentence to him. But you know what, I am stronger because of this experience, and he did open my eyes to all that I am capable of being. I forgive him and thank him for his part in my story, but I have started a new more fulfilling chapter, and I am so proud of myself.

  16. chiky
    November 26, 2015

    i am whole because i healed 🙂

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