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I was in my 40s before I discovered THE VELVETEEN RABBIT, a children's book actually written in 1922 by Margery Williams, a therapist. After I read it, I wanted to buy a copy for everyone that I knew, because being REAL has been my primary goal for many years.

Though this book was written for children, it is the experiences of life and the longing for authenticity that makes it the perfect book for every adult's bedside table. In the rush to get one's dream job, the perfect home, the luxury or sports car, etc., we sometimes lose our real selves. The Velveteen Rabbit helps you reconnect with YOU. The book is full of wisdom and understanding. It is about acceptance, about love, about being REAL - about finding ourselves.

Whether young or old, we all want to feel like we belong; that we are accepted. Multi-tasking today, we become too busy for US as we seek after the dream job, the dream house, the dream car, or whatever, because then... we will be happy. The Velveteen Rabbit brings us back to reality with wisdom unexpected from a children's book. It's about being REAL, which brings true and lasting happiness.

The story is told from the toy's point of view with advice from the wisest and most loved toy in the nursery, the Skin Horse who is mentor to the newest toy, the Velveteen Rabbit, who wants to know how to become REAL. Skin Horse says to Velveteen Rabbit, "It doesn't happen all at once. You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in your joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real, you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."

His is a story that is happy, enlightening, and sad, but chock-full of valuable life lessons. It is the ultimate self-help book on AUTHENTICITY. If you have never read it before, or if you read it as a child and have forgotten it, go get The Velveteen Rabbit and cancel your appointment with your therapist. I almost forgot, don't forget the Kleenex.

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