Couldn’t resist juxtaposing today’s poem with this lovely shot of daisies in bloom.
(scroll down past today’s poem for today’s blog 🙂
Soft crunch of snow
Even for tired feet
Mile after mile
Each day brings
Feeling fit, happy
Romance is a lie
Who can’t be alone
Can’t be whole as one
Because those who can
Are never alone
Night sky in winter
Crisp, moonbeam and starlight filled
Fill my heart
As I watch the northern lights
No need to hold on to
We are all brothers and sisters
One flesh, one world
Under the night sky
January 6, 2015
Good day dear readers! Well, a good deal has gone on since I last posted. One of them that I don’t know if I mentioned is that I saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens. As a long time fan of the Star Wars movies, especially the first three (they were a religion to kids my age when they first came out), I have to say this was an extremely well done and satisfying movie to watch. The plot was incredible, the references to the first movies was awesome, and the stunts and effects were almost beyond belief. GO SEE THIS MOVIE!!!
On to other topics, I had a great day yesterday. As many of you may know, I work giving presentations about mental health for the Schizophrenia Society of Alberta. We are doing a new thing where we are going to have Psychiatry students come in to answer questions that normal presenters can’t handle. So yesterday I met the young woman I will be working with and she seemed so cool. She was very attractive and introduced herself as Doctor Olivia… and I was really pleased to think I could get to know someone so intelligent and dedicated to have gone this far with her education. Being part businessman, I thought I would show her my books about mental health (Through The Withering Storm, Inching Back to Sane) and to my great surprise she had read and greatly enjoyed one of them already.
Now that is a nice little story all in all, but I want to use it to illustrate a point. When you are a writer or even just a person with a goal in mind such as owning a business, if you give it your all, it may take time, it may take a lot of time, but if you persist, huge rewards can come. When I first put my book out, I was very distressed that no one seemed to want it, very worried that I couldn’t cut things as a writer and now a few years later I am reaping the rewards of my efforts. One of the things I did was to get a copy of a book called “The Writer’s Handbook” which comes out with a new edition each year and I sent off proposal after proposal to write articles. In this time I started to learn how to write better proposals and I have had a few really good opportunities come my way. One of them that happened recently is a case where a man who owned two mental health magazines called me up from a query I had sent him two years ago and had me write him some articles. He liked my work a great deal and now I am kind of a staff writer for his magazines and it pays fairly good.
There are many other little things too numerous to list here, but I just wanted to illustrate that when you have a dream, as I had a dream of being a well known writer, you have to give it your all and keep giving it your all and not give up. Your goal can be anything though. One thing I learned in Phys. Ed. class in school (yes, you can actually learn things in gym) is how to set down what I can do and make goals for what I want to be able to do. I think this really applies to mental health patients. Fitness of course can be a part of it, you could say you wanted to walk a mile a day and work your way up to more, but you can also say you want to have five close friends or a part-time job by the end of next year or have saved up for a trip. Goals are very powerful things, and if you don’t have them, you are basically just floating around without direction, which sadly can end up leaving you with years of your life gone.
Well Dear readers, I hope my words can help and inspire you. I have to run but it is my strongest prayer that the words I put down here can make a difference for someone, so if you enjoy what I have written or even if you just wanted to talk or ask my something, as always I would love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org
All the best!!!