A friend turned me on to your daily twitter posting of your ‘Thought for Today’ which of course led to my reading your daily poem posting as well. From there I ended up at your website reading the different ‘Reading Room’ posts and your blog page. The more I read, the more I noticed that much of your work seem to talk directly to me. That’s different from a lot of the things I see. I am wondering what’s behind the topics you choose to write about?
Jennifer P., Little Rock, AR
Greetings Jennifer. Thanks for your comment and question. Most of my topics and themes revolve around experiences we each have at some point in our lives. For this reason different readers are attracted to my works at different times because they may, or may not have experienced a particular issue or emotion. Any number of people may be ‘in that place’ at any given moment in time. The topics or themes I write about address the interests of individual readers when and where they are in life.
There are two underpinnings in my short stories; one being acceptance and application of truth in one’s life, the second being a balance of mind and spirit. By their very nature these themes may be limited to only readers desirous of reflective inquisition. We each grow with or through the challenges and obstacles we face in life. One constant is that we all experience at different times and in a variety of manifested ways the lessons of life through these challenges. Some are ready, others are not. In this way my themes appeal universally, but perhaps at different moments on the continuum for different individuals. The focus therefore is for reach readers in aiding discovery of truth, love, and spirit in different lives.
As you say, my pieces are directed at the individual reader. The reader who is ready to gaze inward to see who really lives there. We are each alone yet we all have others in our lives to help combat the loneliness. Our soul and spirit exist in the shadows behind many layers of the socialized humanism we grapple with and display through our daily interactions. We interact on social, political, spiritual, and commercial levels with those of our sphere of influence as we each experience a constant ebb and flow of life’s intricacies while trying to discover who we are. It’s easy to lose our new found focus while trying to survive the onslaught of daily living but understanding is a flame that can be ignited and fed to flourish. The intent and design of my work is to provide readers with thoughts and opportunities to overcome some of the harsh realities of life and to plant seeds of support for growth.
At various points in life we each face the realities of this world and the possibilities of the next. How does one cope with the current and prepare for the future? We can put our heads in the sand and become victims or we can grow stronger and more aware of our particular place and purpose. Only when we are strong in our self-worth can when flex new ‘muscles’ and make a difference in our families and our communities. To gain that strength and grow those muscles I invite your continued your daily visits to read our postings either on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook or here at the web site. I hope you will continue to be edified to make positive changes in your life from our meager seed sowing.
Thanks again for you interest and support,
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