How do I get over negative thinking?
Read Peach: An exceptional Teen’s Inspiring Journey for Universal Acceptance, and count your blessings. Here’s a review that explains why:
PEACH — written in lyrical, soulful prose and poetry by Jenevieve ‘Peach’ Woods — -is a heartfelt account of her life as the invisible girl, shunned because she is afflicted with a life-altering disease. Her book is part of her mission to ‘celebrate our differences, and to treat each other with kindness and dignity’.
Ms. Woods’ book demonstrates wisdom, compassion, and insight into the human condition that is far beyond her eighteen years. She praises her mom for being her hero, her stepfather for being her rock, and her brothers for being her soul mates. She accepts the life granted her with grace and even gratitude: ‘ HERE IS THE GREAT PART: I am glad I have this disease, mostly because I have come to understand and have discovered the meaning in my life. It is to help others. I have a unique set of glasses that I wear that gives me the power to see everybody’s soul and their truest self.
Reviewers praise the book: Rebecca A. Clemens, M.Ed. and a Professional School Counselor, wrote: Truly a brilliant piece of literature … I am convinced that your pursuit of higher education will be successful and all that you encounter will become better because of you. God Speed!
Dr. Eugene Myers, MD, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, wrote: Peach is a profound story told by a teenage girl battling a life-threatening disease with extraordinary courage and determination …it brought me to tears of compassion and hope.
My wings were wet
And I could not fly
But a light flicked inside
It grew and grew
Until I refused to be unseen
I crawled for a time inside myself
Here’s an excerpt from Chapter 2
I am perplexed when I think about life and what each of us confronts. Life is like a box of chocolates: some are yummy, some are yucky, and some are smashed by a car and unrecognizable. Let’s face it: no one wants smashed chocolates! It’s difficult to see people who have everything; it’s as they were born with all the breaks, while others suffer inside. In reality, all people have issues. It’s how we manage them that counts.
For some, these issues are huge and life-changing, while for others they are easier to manage. We all know this. I find it interesting how some people can cripple themselves unnecessarily by their own choices. I imagine doors and a hallway and when a baby is born an angel opens a door which brings the baby to its mom. It’s all subjective: no one knows what lies behind each door and the doors are random. Some angels just open the wrong door. ☹
However even if we are given the worst possible chocolates from the worst possible door, we all have a choice on how we can live our lives. No one holds you hostage except you. If I really think about it, I have smashed chocolates, and my door fell off its hinges! None of that matters in the big scheme. It’s the determination within, the will not to have excuses, and not be defined by negativity that gives me the strength to paint my own portrait.
Peach has written two other books: Play Your Way, a children’s book, and My Poems are Yours, the poetic Soliloquies of Hope and Courage.