My quest for happiness started at the age of 14, when I was a very confused teenager, searching for direction and purpose, and asking the big questions of life. Who am I? What am I doing here? Where am I going?
This book is based on my journey from confusion to clarity about life and death, birth, wealth and love. On this journey, I had a great guide. Maybe he can guide you too.
Ronit’s ability to take the reader on a journey of self-discovery is insightful and powerful. Every word of this book is a glimpse into the nature of the human mind. You will be holding your breath until the enlightening end
What’s in the Book
After 16-year-old Ella decides that life is not worth living, she suddenly meets Sam, a mysterious old man. This meeting marks the start of a new life of discovery. Sam comes in and out of her life for more than 30 years, travelling with her around the world, teaching her about the essence of life. Through her celebrations and her pain, he helps her learn that she has the ultimate divine power – choice.
This is a story of realization, where fantasy and reality, life and death, pain and pleasure, are woven together, bringing to light the inner truth of our existence. It peels back the layers of our beliefs about love, happiness, birth, death, friendship, power, parenting, family and spirituality, and takes readers through the process of revealing the core powers within them.
Who is Sam? Imaginary friend? Guardian angel? God? Read this wonderful book and find out for yourself.
Take a Look Inside
A Word from the Author
Back in my teens, all I wanted was a glimpse of the future, so I could draw hope to carry me through tough times. I played the “fortunetelling” game many times, imagining myself as a hero, strong beyond measure, successful, happy, content and with purpose.
During my teen years, reading and writing were my refuge. At the age of 15, I met David. He was 72 years old when I met him and for a teenager, that seemed a huge gap. David was a holocaust survivor with a very special view on life. He had lost everyone and everything that was dear to him and developed and inspiring attitude to life.
We both shared a love for poetry and often asked each other’s opinion about the poems we wrote. He was the one who taught me to ask and to question. I spent hours with him asking big questions about life. Most of the time, he would ask me questions and when I asked him about any topic, he would give me a wise perspective on it and asked me a question in return.
David was the person who taught me that “in life, you get what you focus on”, a concept I have carried with me and have used many times to change my life around and later on, the lives of millions of clients, workshop participants and readers.
He gave me many lessons in perspective. We had a very special relationship, filled with philosophical discussions that questioned my beliefs about love, happiness, life, death and more. Over the years, his words, questions and ideas went with me on my journeys around the world and were the inspiration for this new book. Whenever I experienced significant events in my life, I asked, “What would David say?” and this is how this new book started.
Bringing this book to life is very special for me, because when I was 15, David gave me a glimpse of the future I was searching for. He told me how to raise my head and go forward with pride and purpose. He told me that I had countless possible futures and that happiness was within my control.
Knowing him changed my life and made me want to be that person for others. At my birthday/book launch party, when I finished my speech, some people came to me and said, “You were that person for me”, which made me very proud.
Sometimes, when I meet my clients (who know each other) at social events, they tell me that whenever they face challenges, they ask themselves, “What would Ronit say?” (then, they continue to joke about my style and mimic my sayings and accent). Whenever they say that, I thank David for helping me learn those things and for planting in me the desire to spread them and make this world a better place.
I share my quest and inspiration with you now and hope it will help you with yours.
What Readers Say
Ronit’s articulation of the deeper desires and longings of our hearts is powerful and leads the reader on an insightful journey that is rewarding and gratifying. She is a master of allegory, shedding light onto the elusive mysteries of our lives. Reflections is a delightful read that captures the imagination and compels us to look at our own lives and question some long held beliefs and discover new ones.
Ronit artfully enables the reader to relate to both of the major characters in turn, thereby, opening up our minds and hearts to countless possibilities. The line between fact and fiction becomes blurred as the story unfolds and the reader is transported to scenarios all over the world that feel as though they fit like a glove.
A poignant and delightful read!
Carol Grainger, Editor
It was an absolute pleasure reading this book – I read it 3 times and each time I enjoyed it immensely. I almost feel like you have to read it more than once to truly receive the full benefit of its messages.
The book takes you on a journey with its main character but as you read it, you begin to feel that she is you. She meets this “Friend” but you wonder, is he a person, a pretend friend, a guide, her conscience, her god or her soul? Whoever he is – he has so much to offer.
Sometimes he is irritating and confronting, sometimes he is comforting; but either way he completes her in some way – we can all relate to this.
It’s a book that makes you ask yourself some difficult questions but also helps you discover some truths about yourself that perhaps you didn’t look for before.
When I reached the end I felt happy, healthy and whole. I felt I had a confidence that I didn’t allow myself before and I felt I had the strength to face the world regardless of difficulties.
It’s a book that turns you inside out – sends you around and around but ultimately lifts you up to higher than you’ve ever been before.
It’s a must read for EVERYONE!
Tina Riveros, Master in Asian Studies, Grad Dip Ed (Sec), PhD in Counselling
About the Author
Ronit Baras is an educator, life coach, journalist and motivational speaker. Born with a physical disability to a migrant family, Ronit battled with childhood illness, was kicked out of high school and endured the loss of two children. Yet, she transformed her life into a living example of “mind over matter”.
She is the founder of Be Happy in LIFE, helping people young and old to find happiness and live a life of purpose. She is also a State Director for the Together for Humanity Foundation. Her work has inspired millions of people around the world through her writing, presentations, coaching and mentoring.
Ronit Baras lives in Australia with her husband and three children.
Reflections is her fourth book.