How Shonda Rhimes Led Me to Tosha Silver’s Book (Story of Divine Timing)

November 13, 2015

Something interesting happened this week.
I got into Shonda Rhimes.

I haven’t seen any of her hit shows yet (Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to get away with murder), but I know she is massively talented and successful.

I’ve heard her name pop up here and there in other people’s interviews. Her book “Year of Yes” was recommended on my amazon list. So I preordered the audiobook and set off to listen to as many of her interviews as possible in the meantime.

I saw her on Jimmy Kimmel, watched her commencement address, and a couple of Oprah clips. All were good.

But soon, I had buyer’s remorse.
I really wanted to cancel my $14.95 order of her audiobook. No real logical reason. My brain didn’t understand why, but a day before her book came out, I canceled the order.

A couple of days later, $14.95 wasn’t returned into my bank. Then I realized that canceling the order didn’t mean I get my money back from audible. It means I still have one audiobook credit to be used on any book.

Now I could call audible and try to get my money back or take it as a sign to buy another audiobook. I went thru the bestseller lists a few times until I ran into a book that had caught my eye many times before.

Outrageous Openness by Tosha Silver. outrageousopenness

I know nothing about this book other than it has a hindu goddess on the front cover and that it’s highly rated. I followed the gut feeling and bought the audiobook last night.

Holy cow.

Talk about the right book, the right message, at the right time.
She talks about all the topics I’m into.

Talking to the divine. The power of surrender. Prayer. Astrology, moon, planets. Letting things flow than forcing things to happen. Cord cutting techniques. Epsom salt baths. Clutter clearing. Crystals. Grounding. Following signs. A spider freaking her out and how she made an agreement with it to leave her alone. This same exact thing happened to me earlier this year.

She even says “Shonda” and “Scandal” at one point in the book.
I did a quadruple-take!

You know the feeling when you hit upon a book that seems to speak directly to you? That’s what happened last night.

Tosha’s book is full of stories of odd detours people take that make no sense but end up sending them to the perfect destination. That’s what happened with me and the Shonda book ordeal. It was like Shonda Rhimes was my divine gateway drug into finding Tosha Silver.

If you’re into this kind of spiritual stuff, I highly recommend Outrageous Openness.

Outrageous Openness – Tosha Silver
Year of Yes – Shonda Rhimes
Shonda Rhimes Interview – NPR (audio)
I enjoyed Shonda’s interview. She is a huge introvert, loves writing more than anything, had no friends as a kid, and talks about how she would always say no to invitations because she’s shy, but decided to say yes for a year and that changed her life.