Quotes & Quips: Summer in the Waiting Room


Last week, a Facebook friend posted the following quote:

“Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything.  Maybe it’s about un-becoming everything that isn’t really you so you can be who you were meant to be in the first place.”

These two sentences hit me like a ton of bricks.  I scoured the Internet and quotation books to find the source. It showed up on a couple of meditation blogs and Pinterest posts without author attribution. I don’t know who said or penned it, but the more I read the passage the more I reflect on my own life journey.

For the past several years, I’ve been thinking about my journey and writing about it in Summer in the Waiting Room: How Faith, Family, and Friends Saved My Life. I’ve posted 21 excerpts on East Side Eddie Report.com, and plan to complete and publish the manuscript as a book early next year. The powerful two-sentence quote elegantly captures my personal journey and forms the cornerstone of the book.

For readers who have been logging on to the weekly excerpts, thank you!! If you haven’t been reading the story, take a few minutes and check it out by clicking on the Summer in the Waiting Room tag on the right of this page.

Be sure to log on tomorrow for excerpt #22!


About Summer in the Waiting Room

Summer in the Waiting Room: How Faith, Family, and Friends Saved My Life is the unique and inspiring story of a boy who grew up in a working-class neighborhood, failed at college and lost hope, met and married the love of his life, returned and finished college, raised a family, and found some success in business and public office.  It’s also the story of a man who vowed never to fail again and toiled tirelessly trying to redeem himself, only to find true redemption, while in a state of complete helplessness in the ICU.

2 thoughts on “Quotes & Quips: Summer in the Waiting Room

  1. Eddie, good to hear your doing well. Why is redemption so important for you. In some rare occasions we don’t have the opportunity to go back and either right a wrong , or make good on something we need to make right. Believe I know what’s it’s like to go through your life wishing I’d made better choices . I feel a person has to look inward and just to live a better life , with better choices and try never to look back . History is the past . Yes, feel free to every now and than to reflect on it but in no means dewell on it . It’s History. Take care my friend .

    1. Hey Charlie…it’s great to hear from you. You’re right! That’s what my story is about. It took a life-changing medical crisis or me to get it. I hope you keep reading!


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