Sometimes Fiction becomes Reality and in my case that is exactly what occurred when I thought I had completed the writing of my novel. Scroll down to read this week's episode.
Next Blog: Oct. 8, 2020
Upon submitting my final edits for my new book, my publisher contacted me and asked me whether I wanted to include a "dedication page" in the front of the book. Well, I thought about this for a couple of days, went for my usual daily bike ride and like a ton of bricks, it hit me. I just about lost control of cycling when it occurred to me, I was the main character in my book. I was guilty of everything I wrote about him.
You see when I was a teenager just entering high school, my next door neighbor was my "second mom". I was as close to her as I was my own mother. She was my go to mentor. She was a high school teacher of drama, speech and creative writing at another school of which I was not attending.
One day she sat me down at her kitchen table and proceeded to inform me that she saw something special in me that I did not see in myself. And, because of this she was going to introduce me to the Speech and Drama instructor at my high school.
I followed her directions and she was right. I dove into a new love for speech, public speaking, acting, theater and debate. It followed me to college and then on to my work career and community where in industry I became a professional public and motivational speaker. For almost 30 years I performed in theater and won numerous acting awards for hundreds of roles that I performed on many stages.
And, who did I have to thank for this? Someone who after my own mother had passed in 1995, I deserted never returning to tell her in over 25 years the most important words I could ever have spoken to anyone. "Thankyou for what you did and saw in me."
I allowed life to absorb me and forgot those along the way that put down footprints for me to follow. I was filled with remorse and regret when I stopped on the path riding my bike that day, and was overwhelmed with sadness in how I had acted. And, then I knew this had to be some sort of God Moment. I began my own journey of redemption to conquer Remorse and Regret.
Join me on Oct. 8th as I continue to provide how or if I had a second chance in locating my mentor, my second mom to conquer my own regret and remorse for words never spoken.
Join me as I get interviewed on the radio podcast show called, MINDSET with Joshua Kangley. Josh is an award winning author as well believes the world can be a better place with the right mindset. Allow me to offer up my version of that with a sprout of hope grown from my new faith-inspired fiction novel, The Young Minds. More to come with a link to join in.