“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
― Maya Angelou
I love Maya Angelou. Her words… so simple, yet so profound. I have a little card on my desk with one of her quotes… Anyway, where was I going – oh! Tell your story….
I’ve had so many “friend pleasures” the last two weeks. I met with a new friend who has two stories in her head. One is fiction, and one is about her 100-year-old grandfather. As we talked I wondered about all that he’d experienced in his lifetime and I encouraged her to JUST DO IT (I love that Nike slogan – in three words it says mounds of things – stop procrastinating – stop finding excuses – so many more, but the one thing that I hear every time I see it says ‘BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!”). There was a medical incident shortly after we spoke and I keep sending her text messages asking – ARE YOU WRITING? This is too important not to get down on paper, even if it’s just the scribbles of notes that are a big mess – get it on paper.
The following Saturday I FINALLY met with a friend who has a cookbook idea. We’ve tried to get together since January! Finally the stars aligned and our schedules meshed and we met… two-and-a-half hours later – she was on her way and I’m getting messages saying ‘I’m typing!’
What beautiful gifts these will both be to others someday soon…..
If you have a story in your head – WRITE IT DOWN. It doesn’t have to be all set and ready to go – WRITE YOUR THOUGHTS DOWN… TELL YOUR STORY – even if it goes no further than scribbles on scrap paper, you may stumble across them one day and say ‘hey… look here what I found. I’m gonna do something with this! If you don’t write it down…. that will never happen :O
Yesterday, I had the BLESSING of meeting – face-to-face- someone who I met on a social network and we’ve chatted for eight years and yesterday we rolled into conversation about a million things all crammed into two hours and it was like we’d known each other forever – but we had. Over those eight years we gone through many things together and all I could think as I drove home was what a TREASURE it was to meet her. We’ve seen each other’s pictures – and family pictures on FB, but to wrap my arms around her and HUG my friend was such a great thing…
Now about MY story. I love the reviews and thoughts you share. I know I say that often, but it’s a gift to me each time I find one – and I read them all – even the negative ones – you took time out of your busy lives to share your thoughts. You can keep asking, and I will keep answering, ‘I DON’T KNOW YET’ about book three. I am working on it and the middle has opened up and I’ve been a typing fool again – that’s not to say it’s getting close – I haven’t gone back and reread or checked anything there are notes in the middle of the text that say (GO BACK AND CHECK THIS) and (DID I ALREADY SAY THIS) and (TO HERE I FEEL GOOD) and… well you get the picture. There are links to places I want to go and verify something or see if I explained something correctly or (CAN YOU FIND A BETTER WORD). It’s a mess – but it’s moving forward.
I am very excited about next Saturday (see the WHAT’S HAPPENING PAGE!). This is a big adventure for me and I’m working with an event planner to set my table so that it’s beautiful…. 🙂 (Only half-kidding there!) I have one of my besties going with me so that I can have a break once in a while (and if you know me, you KNOW, I’ll be needing a break just about every hour! ha ha! I’m only gonna have ONE CUP OF COFFEE before we go!)
Well, there’s laundry to do, typing, maybe a bag of mulch to spread, a NASCAR race and maybe some reading (I’m reading INEVITABLE by Angela Graham now) so off I go…
Just feeling blessed and wanted to share…