I'm currently reading a book by Dawna Markova called I Will Not Die An Unlived Life, and this is the dedication:
"This book is dedicated to...those
who insist on breaking free of the limitations of their previous history,
who wish to love the life they live, and live a life they can love,
who are committed to serving the best of what can be possible."
If that's not enough of a clincher, Dawna then goes on to start the first chapter with this poem she wrote after her father died:
“I will not die an unlived life.
I will not live in fear
of falling or catching fire.
I choose to inhabit my days,
to allow my living to open me,
to make me less afraid,
to loosen my heart
until it becomes a wing,
a torch, a promise.
I choose to risk my significance,
to live so that which came to me as seed
goes to the next as blossom,
and that which came to me as blossom,
goes on as fruit.”
And that's just the beginning! This book definitely gets an official place in the "permanent stack" next to my bed.