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Yesterday and today I have had some fun setting up some widgets for my blog site. It’s been frustrating, but also really fun. Frustrating in that – I was not able to get everyone on “Blogs I follow” because it seems not everyone is compatible with this widget – or does not have a gravatar picture, or both – and FUN because now that I am done I can see everyone’s SMILING face looking at me. All the people who have encouraged and contributed to my writing and being. Their fresh faces gazing approvingly on my site – and I am satisfied.
No one is an island, not even those of us writers who prefer to live somewhat secluded and just – write. Or in my case – express. Either way it is not necessary to get a pat on the back or a smile of encouragement from others, but it is still appreciated. And I try to make a conscious effort to do the same to all of you. I sometimes forget what that comments of love mean to me. It is a wonderful thing to connect with others who feel the same and need someone else to say something they have been thinking and never written down. This has happened to me as I’ve read all your blog articles out there. Sometimes it’s like, “Wow – I can’t believe they said that!” And I find myself nodding and smiling.
Please don’t feel left out – if you are a reader and contributor and do not see your smiling picture on the right side of this page – please make me aware of it – it is not in the slightest bit intentional! I want to connect you with my readers and have others gain encouragement from the very thing you are writing about. You just never know who you are going to meet and come across because of this unique blogging community.
And if you see yourself there – just know this: we may not talk every day, or leave comments all the time, but you have been a part of my journey the last 4 plus years and I appreciate you!
Let’s encourage one another!
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I did something the other day I had not done in years. I attended a book reading at a local bookstore, small and eclectic – in the heart of our quaint downtown. The event was called “An afternoon with Rod Haynes” local writer – and also a member of the church we attend. Rod is very interesting and has many fun stories he has penned. He has written three books and in his time with us he read aloud some sections of each.
But it was in my conversation with him before the event began that captured my attention and has given me many thoughtful moments ever since. He told me that he was not always able to make sense of things in the past that have happened – so he attempted to create a new fictitious ending to a very real story, to gain perspective and to give closure in either a positive or negative way. He gave a few examples in his time with us – his way of weaving true events with those that he would have liked to have happened.
Maybe you like me, have attempted to make sense of events in your life. Maybe you’ve even tried to wrap your mind around “your story” as told by you in a way that really did happen, but instead you end up frustrated and overwhelmed. It could be that the telling would expose those you don’t wish to name – or bring up bad or painful memories. Either way, I too have thought “one of these days – I will write a book” – but I don’t think it can happen in the “truest” form. Too much stuff – too “unfinished” – too – yeah you know.
I believe writers can sharpen other writers. And I believe they can inspire and encourage. Knowing that Rod has been able to ‘fictitiously’ make sense out of his circumstances and events – has made me curious about mine. And because anything can happen in our imagination this can also be a very healing tool. One thing is for sure – I would rewrite the already written. I would bring closure to a painful period. Something that has already happened in my dream world. In fact sometimes dreams can be so real that I actually have awakened up a few times thinking the “thing” was actually resolved.
My rewrite is probably different from yours. It definitely takes two people to resolve a conflict and begin healing. Maybe your rewrite would include a person who has already passed away, a parent, a lost child or friend. Maybe you would say – or have them say the things you have needed to say or hear. Or maybe still it’s a person (like mine) who is still living and breathing – but who does not want to resolve anything. Either way – the rewrite would bring that healing and final conclusion – you know – the one that would actually make sense – bring healing and set you free.
We all have a story to tell – and whether it’s just “I’m sorry” or in my case “All is forgiven, what took you so long to come around again?” It’s your story – and maybe you need to write it.
Here’s to – ‘Rewriting The Already Written’ – letting go of pain and replacing with things that finally make sense. Bringing good out of chaos and lessons learned. Bringing full resolution to your heart and soul.