Recently I read a book by Rhonda Byrne called The Secret. In The Secret she explains the universe’s magic remedy called gratitude—Gratitude for all things whether good or bad.
During the course of my reading I began putting into action being grateful for everything, especially when things were not going as pleasantly planned and by golly, the negativity subsided and a shift happened.
I recognized blessings of new beginnings, unexpected checks in the mail, job promotions, and my family life being as well as ever. I learned in life there is no such thing as coincidence, but instead opportunities and lessons presented when we feel that, “this is a strange moment.” It is because the universe is talking to us. The universe is giving us those moments of opportunity. It is at those times we hesitate, asking ourselves, “What do I do?” It is best to never question destiny’s fate, instead go with what the heart desires.
I have been doing just that, I must say, “I should of paid attention a while back.” Maybe it was not meant for me to get this lesson until now. I believe it happened the exact way it was meant to happen.
Shortly after I began reading another book, Nurturing Healing Love by Scarlett Lewis. A book about shifting anger to love to heal all pains and get positive outcomes. Again I began doing this. A gal who I recently had a dispute with who hurt me tremendously, emotionally and physically was causing these great feelings of anger in my life. I simply chose to forgive her for all she had done to me. The first step was to tell her I forgave her. I said it and felt it, but yet I still had a little shy anger wanting to come out. It was days later when I began reading this book, and now I feel better for taking that first step of forgiveness.
Reading to me is important, especially when I’m taught a great lesson. I love books. Inspirational books are my favorite and is also the topic I choose to write about. Being inspirational allows me to feel I am making a change in the world. Sometimes I may say things a little too bluntly, but that to me is a gift—the gift to say things exactly how I feel is something not everyone has. Others may focus on how they may be viewed after, by family, friends, even strangers. Me, I’ve lived a hard life and seen a lot of unpleasant things, I choose to write about all of it to become a better me.
At times, I may get upset with thoughts, “Not enough people are reading these days, not enough people care, I need more readers of my books to get my messages out there.” These are all thoughts that come with my strong desire to be good at the things I write about.
People ask me, “What are your books about?” I simply tell them, “As a poet, my books are about my hardships in life and the lessons learned from each.” I put my poetry skills to use and have included a poem in each chapter. These are my stories, my feelings on paper. I wouldn’t write if I didn’t think my writing had a purpose. I just wish for that purpose to not be so damn hard. I know I’ve come a long way and I see the progress I’ve made, and that will always make me remember, “There are no coincidences in life, life happens the way it happens.”
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