Lightening Before the Thunder…

During a trip to my publishers, I had the opportunity of sharing my experiences with a group of authors, many of whom later talked with me in a private capacity. I learned that we all had one thing in common – OPPOSITION.. A certain person I spoke with was ready to quit. Coming from this particular individual, it was quite shocking to me. They hadn’t written in months because of the vast amount of negativity received from naysayers. I shared with them a quote from a famous author in response to the haters. “Your next book will be your first book, and I wouldn’t like your book either.” It’s a mouthful I know, but a lot of people who criticize merely want to reserve the right to do just that – because they’re too lazy and too fearful to walk the road you have. It’s easier for them to complain rather than put themselves out there because they’ll get back what they gave…
In retrospect for me, writing started with a dream, a desire… I was heavily chastised for daring to think outside of the box. Many of you have a dream… A wish… Whether it’s to be an author or something else, I’m here to tell you that you can have all the wishbone in the world, but without backbone you won’t ever see it come to volition. Without actually getting out there and putting your plan into action you will stay right where you’re at.

Yes, you will have obstacles and people come against you for no reason. DON’T QUIT! They’ll go to the extent of making things up about you, lie about you – because they are afraid you will succeed. DON’T QUIT! If I were to share what I wrote my first book through, it would literally drop your jaw! If I were to share with you the violence I grew up in once again, it would drop your jaw. I had a lot of excuses to not even start let alone continue. But I’m here to tell you, it’s not your start in life, it’s your finish, and that finish is up to you. The point is I never gave up. NEVER GIVE UP! When you’re tired, learn to rest – BUT DON’T GIVE UP!!!! If you’re feeling low about your situation, go out and do something nice for someone. Take your mind off of yourself for a change. If it’s not well received sew it as a seed – in laymen’s terms good karma will always come back to you but you must give out to get back.

The song Lightening Before the Thunder by Imagine Dragons – in the very last few minutes of this song you will hear almost inaudibly the words – “Never give up.” Some of you have those exact words whispering in the recesses of your mind. You need to turn them from a whisper into a shout, until it’s tattooed in your brain. I’m here to remind you not to give up on your dreams! Don’t let the haters have it their way!!!! Don’t let circumstances have their way!!! Who are they to decide your fate?

 

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Oops! Did I say That out Loud? by Author C. L. Lewis The Creed Griffon series https://www.creedgriffon.com Like us on Facebook Take the Journey! Happy Thanksgiving~

You know, it
never ceases to amaze me how we jump straight from Halloween and right into
Christmas. It’s like having appetizers and heading straight for the dessert! Every
year, down go the Halloween costumes and candy, up goes the Christmas trees, ornaments,
glitzy lights, and sale signs.
 
I’m
definitely no Grinch, but where did Thanksgiving go? I guess you can’t make a lot of money off a
holiday that focuses on ‘being thankful for what you have – not what you’re going to get.’
And when I say
‘WE” I don’t me you and me creating this frenzy of a rush. I mean the money
hungry advertising hounds trying to sell us the latest greatest gizmos and gadgets
– we apparently, can’t live without. 
My class recently
visited the city dump to learn about recycling. I did not understand this
lesson would be two-fold for me. Standing there, amidst the old rusty carcasses
of what used to be, I was struck by the notion that there are city dumps
nationwide – filled things people thought they desperately needed. Maybe, even
went into debt over or divorced over… Cars, motorcycles, RV’s, clothes, computers…
 You name it. Maybe we could do with a little less stuff…

No, I’m no uniformed
do-gooder selling Thin Mints at your door. 
Indeed, far from it. I don’t necessarily have a problem with the rush of Christmas
advertising per say. But I do have a lot to be thankful for. And so, I don’t
feel it fair to simply brush Thanksgiving aside like a piece of lint on a lapel. For one, I’m glad that
we still call Thanksgiving – Thanksgiving and it hasn’t been re-named something
else. Similarly, I could never figure out what was wrong with the name
Christmas. Why would companies like Starbucks remove it from their coffee cups?
Do they not know that they’ve made their millions off of the backs of the American
people? And yes, America was founded  founded on traditions like Christmas and Thanksgiving? What is so offensive about that name? I guess I’m a little bias being that my first name just so happens to be – Christie…. Yes. C. L. Lewis is my real name, and not some spin off of C. S. Lewis as  having been rumored. Regardless, next thing ya know, they’ll be having problems with St.
Patrick’s Day… 

Don’t get me
wrong, I’m thankful for material things, but more so for things you can’t buy
like friendship, love, and family, not necessarily in that order. As per the cartoon above, I understand nothing is perfect. However, we hold on to the good memories knowing, believing, and trusting that they’ll be more. If you’re lacking in those realms, I’d
suggest you offer some volunteer time to places like a food bank or shelter. I
helped out at a food shelter one year and it changed me for the better. Thanksgiving,
(thanks-for-giving) is a holiday that encompasses, yes – being thankful. It’s a
time for reflection of just what we have to be thankful for. You may say,
“Well, my life has been crap lady!” Well, there is ALWAYS someone who would
gladly trade places with you – because their life is no walk in the park
either. Personally, I don’t think anyone’s is. 

Respectfully,

 

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