Today, I pause to give thanks to all of you for enriching my life in the world of writing. I have learned so much through your kind and caring hearts and spirits. Amidst the frenzy and plummets of life I sometimes forget to give thanks to all of you for giving your time, encouragement, advice, smiles and hugs. Each enriching act paves smoother footfall for me up the mountain in the writing kingdom.
Though I lag behind in the bottomland one of you will point out the right path, and another offers words of guidance when I face an unexpected crossroad. In the midst of following, stumbling and jumping over the mud holes you have all leapt over with grace, I land smack dab in the middle of a pit of quicksand. Footsteps slap double time and a generous hand takes my own and lifts me from the muck of struggling to learn deeper POV, characterization, black moments, and resolutions, all meant to swallow me.
Thick in a fog I hear one of your voices laced with kind words of assurance as I languish in the dark forest of writers block. My anguish and despair dissipate and are replaced with your still, soft whisper that echos the chant, ‘This too shall pass.’
Tempted to quit at times, your inspirational stories of drive and determination have instilled the passion in me to continue on; to persevere with my dreams and goals. I am reminded again; one positive word can dismember a multitude of stumbling blocks.
I know this lifelong writing journey will forever unfold surprises, some good, some unpleasant. My feet now march to a lighter cadence and my heart cherishes the invigorated beats all your friendships have bestowed upon me. For true friends waltzes through the door of our hearts carrying the warm rays of compassion, understanding, and loyalty.
I am blessed and I thank each of you for your many kindnesses.
What are some of the best words of encouragement you’ve received about your writing that hurdled you over a mountain of doubt and despair?