Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Be good to yourself

I am off to a two hour session of renewing my soul. It's time to refresh myself and clear the mind. A few hours of selfishness to regain some positive outlook toward the future. A reward for my efforts. I believe we all need a reward from time to time. All work and no play and all that sort of thing keeps the weight of the world on your shoulders and it can be disheartening at times. I'm about to lift that weight from my own shoulders for a short period and regain the strength needed to forge ahead with a smile on my face and a song in my heart.

I'll let you know how it goes. But, in the meantime I wonder if you just might want to make this a day of renewal for yourself. I am lucky enough to be able to take a full two hours for myself. That is very unusual but I'm certainly not going to turn down this opportunity. If I only had an hour or even fifteen minutes I would still find a way to give myself a bit of a reprieve today. there comes a time when we all need to just take care of ourselves. This is it!

Have a good day, think good thoughts, be good to yourself!..........Joe

Monday, February 21, 2011

Writing and blogging and authoring

Write, blog, write, blog, write blog. That's what my publicist said to do. I write and blog because I enjoy doing them. When he told me to do it even more I could only say, "Yes!!!"

Exactly what does this get me: all this writing and blogging? Exposure maybe? Experience maybe? After 3 years I have found that it brings those and much more to my life. Cases and cases upon cases of "Joe's Story: The Book of a Lifetime" have been sold. I've had several speaking engagements combined often with book signings because of my blogging and additional writings. The experiences have been very fulfilling and satisfying. Thousands of people have taken the time to write me concerning the book and how it affected their lives for the better. I haven't made a dime from it all. That in no way diminished my pleasure in writing Joe's Story or talking to people about it.

The writing and blogging only add to the experience. I do have the dream of becoming a popular, well known writer and commentator. Only a chosen few will experience those situations. That's fine by me I guess. I'm having a great time anyway. Writing and blogging bring me internal feelings of satisfaction others will never know. I've matched wits with some really intelligent and knowledgeable people because of being a published author. Some incredibly well known people have read Joe's Story and described to me how much they enjoyed and learned from its pages of memories. The most common question I am asked is: "How did you make it into adulthood without getting killed?" My only answer: "By the grace of God."

Writing and blogging is as much a part of me as of any author out there. Maybe I'm not on the best seller list yet but that doesn't make me any different than those that are. We write because something has welled up inside of us to the point where we can no longer keep it to ourselves. Although, there are times when I feel very much like the little, tag along, pain in the butt brother I must have been to my older sibling when we were growing up. I admired my older brother and he was my hero. I wanted to be just like him. I feel like that about the authors on the best seller list too.

Meanwhile, here I sit, writing and blogging, writing and blogging, writing and blogging. Just like my publicist told me to do. That's what writers and authors do.
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