I just finished reading a book called "The Middle Place" by Kelly Corrigan, which I greatly enjoyed and highly recommend. It was a little heavy (being about dealing with cancer) but she managed to keep it pretty lighthearted. At the end of the book is an essay that the author also wrote, entitled "Transcending". I wish I could just put the text here, but all I can find online is this video of Kelly Corrigan herself reading her essay. It's worth the 5 minutes. Go watch it and be empowered!