Waiting for Jack by Kristen Moeller

Blurb: Waiting for Jack is Eat, Pray, Love meets the Success Principles. Its memoir meets “how to.” It’s an inquiry into why we keep waiting for our lives to start, why we look outside ourselves for the answers and why we hide the magnificence that we really are.  After so many years of being a seeker and not a finder, I declared an end to the “waiting for Jack.” Through the sharing of intimate and authentic stories (both mine and others), the reader takes the journey to break free from the “self-help treadmill” and to find their own “inner Jack.” 

It is the permission we have been waiting for to end the cycle of searching and never finding.  It’s an inquiry not an answer—the reader is provided with tools and challenged to find her own unique answers. It is the call to stop “jacking around.”  It’s the access to being set free to create our lives and to stop waiting to live.

We are all Waiting for Jack—whatever or whoever “Jack” is. We falsely believe the gifts of life are just around the corner, that anywhere is better than here, that one day we will arrive and everything will be okay. So we don’t try; we give up. We sell out and we forget who we are. We are afraid to succeed, afraid to fail, and afraid to say we are afraid. But as Wayne Gretzky said, “You’ll always miss one-hundred percent of the shots you don’t take!”

So take the shot, get on the path, and move forward. Authentically give your word to something that matters to you. And remember, you don’t have to wait for Jack.

My thoughts: I wouldn’t consider myself to be a self-help junkie, but I do like to read the odd self-help book. Who doesn’t? When I read the subtitle “How to Stop Waiting & Start Living Your Life” it reminded me of myself a lot. From years of experience I know what waiting feels like.

In this book Kristen Moeller shows us in different chapters about various areas of life, like love, money, health etc. how our behaviour is rather destructive to our well-being because it prevents us from living our life. Instead we constantly wait for our life to begin when in reality all we’d have to do is go ahead and live it. Who can’t recognize himself when she describes how people analyze every little nuance in tone of someone and immediately draw the conclusion that they are the reason for it?  Who can’t recognize himself when she describes someone who thinks if his/her partner only did this one thing then the world would be perfect? There are lots of examples where you will go “Oh my God, this is me”.

While reading this book I had to think about the lyrics of a song by The Smiths: “Hand in glove, we can go wherever we please, and everything depends upon how near you stand to me”. I always found this very true and it is exactly what Kristen Moeller describes in her book. Instead of being oneself and then take what is offered and make something out of it we look for someone, something, anything  and believe that this will turn us into what we are supposed to be. Without it we are nothing.

“Waiting for Jack” is a great encouragement for everybody who believes that there is this one thing /person out there without which we cannot live our life to the fullest. It tells clearly that this one thing does not exist. Better accept ourselves the way we are, make the best of it and live our life now instead of constantly waiting for external sources to make us happy.

I’m glad I read it.

Waiting for Jack is available on amazon

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