Fortitude: A Quest Through Fear and Doubt By Gayle R. Lee
Fortitude: A Quest Through Fear and Doubt is a spiritual memoir about four challenging years in the life of the author. She quits her long-term employment and embarks on a journey searching for security, happiness, and her destiny. She finds the outer challenges are mostly due to her inner condition. Feelings of fear and self-doubt thwart her progress. She seeks spiritual practices to repair her inner struggle.
The story begins when I am very dissatisfied at work. I quit, rent out my house and find live-in employment on a horse ranch where I am mistreated by my new employer. I find another job at a horse ranch and move out of state. I get very sick while working here and need to leave in order to recover. A friend picks me up and brings me and some of my possessions back home to Michigan. With no job and no place to live, my journey continues. I live with my brother, then my aunt, I rent a room in a house with other people. Getting along with my housemates was an unsuccessful challenge.
I have an epiphany on a big hill while living there. It is a message of encouragement from my son in spirit. My renters move out so I return to my home. I find the struggles I encounter are mostly due to my internal state of fear and self-doubt. I have trouble finding employment and eventually, I am forced to move into a homeless shelter. After a few months, I get my house back again but I don’t have enough money to pay the payments. I resort to renting out part of my house to another family. They are messy and we don’t get along. I end up kicking them out. I find part-time work, then more part-time work. Eventually, I get offered a live-in position after my house goes into foreclosure. It’s a new start and an answer to my dilemma.
REVIEW FROM AMAZON:
December 2, 2017
Fortitude is a 122-page memoir, Author Gayle Lee walks readers through 4 years of her life, her journey and inner struggles. Fortitude A Quest Through Fear & Doubt could not be a better title for this book, for me, the book was an emotional read. I lost my father and brother a few years ago so I was able to relate to part of the book, the journey, and the doubt.
Fortitude was an easy and quick read, I loved a line in the introduction about the desire for success ” Everyone has the desire for success. If we remove the obstacles that keep us from our success, we have a clear path to achieve it. However, fear can erupt and lead to doubt and insecurity”. When I lost my father and brother I started working 24/7 this was my escape from reality, until one day I was so insecure about my business, my success that I almost gave it all up, I also did what Gayle did when she felt she had no other option but to leave.
Gayle’s writing style has brought me back to journaling I have not taken the time to put my words to the paper she is right it’s a healing style. Throughout the book, Gayle’s journal notes are worked in smoothly into the different chapters and pages, really bring the personal experiences to life, the expressions and dreams are very touching and emotions.
Her website: https://gaylerlee.com/
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