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to share?” I thought. “Most importantly, how am I going to tell my story to the world?” However, the intuitive urge to share my story was overwhelmingly powerful. I knew what I had to do. I raised my head back up, took one deep breath, looked at the sky, and asked myself the most important question. “Should I listen to my mind and be logical, or follow my heart and be guided?” I didn’t hear an answer, but my body automatically took action and I turned the car back on. My mind was in complete silence. For the first time in my life, I could feel my heart beat and hear every breath I was taking without going into a meditative state. It felt like I was in a different world and I wasn’t in control. The whole experience was surreal. Somehow, I made it back home. My husband wasn’t feeling well that day so he was at the house resting, watching television and reading the newspaper. As I walked into the family room where he was, he looked at me and asked, “What’s wrong? Are you okay? It looks like you have been crying.” “Nothing to worry about,” I calmly answered. “I am doing fine.” “I can tell something is wrong. What happened?” he continued. I gave in and told him. “Okay,” he responded. “What are you going to do about it?” “Well,” I said. “I am going to write my story.” He went silent, allowing my words to sink in.

A few moments later, he said, “You’ve surprised me many times. I know how smart you are and I know you’re capable of running a business and dealing with life’s obstacles and challenges. However, doing that is one thing. Writing a book is another. The other thing is that you’re a very private person. Do you really want everyone to know the intimate details of your life?” It was clear to me that he was looking out for my best interest. He meant well with his words and was speaking the truth. “How are you going to do all that?” he asked. “How are you going to write a book when you only have a fourth grade education and you’ve never read a book in your life?” My answer was simple. “As long as I have my why, the how will appear.” I walked away towards my home office. Sitting in my comfortable rocking chair, I looked up to the ceiling. All I could think about was why my life was saved. When the first bomb hit our apartment in 1975, it should have been me who died instead of Robert. Now, not only was I alive and living in the most powerful country in the world, but I was also living the American dream. Here, I could be whoever I wanted to be…even an author with a fourth grade education. In that moment, I realized that everything I had endured had led me here and that it was not a coincidence. A year and a half later, in 2005, the first edition of Tears of Hope was born. In 2010, I finished the new expanded edition of Tears of Hope and found a publisher who believed in me and was willing to help me share my message with the world.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Aimmee Kodachian is an author, speaker, life coach, television show host and producer of AK and the Experts, Stephanie’s Movie Reviews, and The World of Book Reviews on WCOBM on-line tv network. As a child, Aimmee wasn’t able to excel due to her severe dyslexia. When the Lebanese War began, she was only 12 years old when her family lost everything and became homeless. After years of persistence and determination, Aimmee found a way to live out her dreams. To learn more about Aimmee and watch all of the tv shows she directs and produces, go to www. Her book, Tears of Hope, is available on and bookstores everywhere.

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