Happy Thanksgiving to you! May it be filled with gratitude and blessings with those things we forget but need and want that make us happy. Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving.
In a time when the world appears to have fallen off the map, and we’ve landed in a place we don’t recognize, it’s hard to see the good around us, but at the same time, it can be easier to appreciate the little stuff and find new paths.
I’ve learned in my life that if I want to discover something about myself, or find a new path, it starts with gratitude and giving. It’s the little things like, what we can do for others, how much we love our family, friends, neighbors, and the world around us. The little things are what make us who we are. And what gives us the power to find new paths within us.
That hidden part of us is usually connected to our vulnerable side. It’s that thing we did as kids without inhibitions that we stopped doing, but we’re born to do. So, you could say many new paths are really just the old us.
For me, I was a storyteller and a little girl who loved to help. Which falls in line with what I do today and have always done, but there remains that other side; the storytelling. That creative imagination was always needing to fly in me.
Over this period of COVID, I returned to that creative side of storytelling, and I rewrote the first book in a trilogy. It has sat on my office shelf for 5 years. I had no resources to publish or truthfully, even think about it: three books. 546,000 words sitting and screaming silently at me for years.
The feeling of freedom and accomplishment to have finally rewritten book 1, has left me grateful beyond words. The balance of all the struggles that still plague my life daily, feel less heavy. Sometimes when I’m studying or writing a thesis, an article, reviewing psychology notes, or just talking to someone, I find myself stressed with how the world hurts around me. And entering the world of storytelling as of late, has been life changing.
In it, I have a freedom to imagine a world I control, a world that can be better, and where the heroes are real, at least while I read.
The interesting thing was my inspiration came because I didn’t want to let my son down. You know, that lead by example thing parents think about all the time. I’ve taught him not to give up, and yet I had. Therefore, I decided to set a better example, and in the end, this project has become a light in difficult time for me.
That is why I wish for each of you the small thing you might have put aside. Those missing parts of you, and this Thanksgiving to revive something for yourself, your family, a friend, a stranger, and through it, might come that new path that reciprocates in kind.
Happy Thanksgiving to all,