Writing them have been on my radar for a while.
I remember first mentioning my authorship intent to family and friends about 16 years ago. Then I started writing—capturing life’s glories and challenges as I saw them. A few years later as I exclaimed this vision to others, the comments ranged from supportive to discouraging—but I wasn’t necessarily deterred. Continuing to write, I cataloged more stories as my life’s map unfolded.
Just speaking the words of my writing goal gave this project life – sprouting the seeds. God gradually put a series of experiences in my life—some great and some not so great with professional, spiritual and personal accounts—to get me to this point. Responses and residue from the issues of family and friends gave me new insights for addressing the travails of my odyssey. Participants in my workshops—through their comments and questions—validated my thoughts of writing this book and alerted me that so many of us are struggling and looking for answers. The rollercoaster nature of the social, political and economic climate of this country pointed to a need for new maps to circumvent these troubled times. My own life’s missteps started to reveal instructive destinations…and this book evolved.
Through the years I stayed on Persistence Parkway—revisiting what I’d written, attending writer’s groups and keeping the goal alive. I also stopped at Waiting Wall to assess where I was on my path and then tweak my manuscript. The original writings focused on everyone else’s story. When I showed this manuscript my oldest brother, he asked me why I didn’t share more of my life. He said, “People like to read about other people’s lives…” and I’d done many positive things in spite of our rough beginnings and he was proud of me. My brother reemphasized the fact that we all have a story to tell. Not long after that conversation I attended the funeral of a saved saint—an old friend of my family’s. The choir sang her favorite hymn, “Tell it When You Get it Right”.
God is allowing me to tell my story and the time is right.
Life is a message – listen to it. Life is a belief – trust it. Life is a gift – accept it.
Life is love – think about it. Life is an adventure – dare it.
Northern Sotho proverb, South Africa
As a child, one of my favorite school field trips was to Colonial Williamsburg. This Virginia site provides a welcome peek into some of this nation’s most important history and is a must do for many students. The bus ride to Williamsburg, from my hometown 35 miles away, was part of the adventure too— the scenery along the way and scent of my packed lunch nestled by my side just as exciting.
In Colonial Williamsburg there are a variety of activities designed to help adults and kids alike understand the significance of this town. Seeing the imposing buildings and live exhibits of this period further opened up my young mind’s learning spirit and sense of enjoyment. The Governor’s Palace provided one of the best venues for my minor’s musings. Housed here was a maze—connecting paths of high hedges located in the palace’s gardens, where you venture in to try and find your way to the right exit. I really liked this thing.
Entering the first path of the maze was fun; then after circling through a few times, confusion settled in—my thought becoming that I’d never get out so I could meet up with my group, go eat, and then board the bus to return home. Every turn of this maze seemed to go nowhere until finally the correct corner put me back into the wide open space.
I had to believe that the chaperones for my school trip or the staff at the Governor’s Palace didn’t want anyone to get lost in that maze. There was a diagram which showed the right intersecting paths that would yield victory— but it was only available in emergencies. The staff knew that those who entered could get out if they focused on fun and strategy. Which is what I did— finding my own IPS (Internal Positioning System).
The experience of roaming through the maze at the Governor’s Palace gave me a route to remember about trust and pushing my way out of…
As well as another life lesson to catalog.
Along with the other teachings from my journey’s wanderings.
Parts excerpted from my motivational autobiography, Navigating Life’s Roadways: Stories of Insight from My Odyssey and Inspiration for Your Journey http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008FQDPYE