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Yesterday, I took time away from most things that busy my day (the blog, the social media, etc and etc), and really began to think about what I’m really, really passionate about as it relates to my career and calling in life … my work. Majority of that time was spent, quietly, in prayer, writing, reading and just taking time away from breaking news, social media and consistent busyness.

Over and over again, I could feel the pull of writing, cartooning and storytelling.

Journalism is merely a small piece of that reality. And yet, it is one that is so important to consider.

When I’m not busy with a barrage of news stories, interviewing, writing and editing, I’m often working on my sci-fi fictional writing, short stories, blogs, and my comic strips. As of late, I have not taken the time to actually work on those stories and have only recently began to get back to blogging. That’s my fault.

I was glad to be reminded … to just take time away and just get away from all of the noise of the world … and really hear what is tugging at my heart.

Each time, I’m reminded of my childhood. I’m reminded of my ongoing imagination playing storyline after storyline of ideas, characters, concepts and more. Sometimes, if I’m not careful, I slip into that same thought pattern, coming up with stories and thinking about the plots of my current work more and more.

I do it so much, it feels like those characters in my middle-grade novels and comics I’m writing and creating are my kids. One, because a bit of myself is in each of them and then two, my wife said that they are my kids. And she’s right.

She then told me this:

“Finish your stories … if not for yourself … for me!” – Rachel Lyons

THAT motivates me. And Rachel is right!

 

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Being In Love

August 18, 2016

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I am in love….there, I said it!

I believed that love existed and I believed it could be. But, I was pretty skeptical about it ever happening to me.

Then, I met her…this amazing women whom for the long time was a friend. I’m not mentioning her name here right now because, frankly, I didn’t ask permission to do so.

The more I got to know her, the more I wanted to know. Curiosity turned into something else…appreciation…affection…love. And this time, I didn’t fight it. Every other thought about her began to turn into every single thought.

Interesting thing about love…real, genuine love. It makes you want to be a better person. You’ll want to step up your A-game. You’ll want to think of awesome ways to make that person you truly care about feel special. You even want to improve and grow and learn a little better. And everything in your life gradually stops being all about “me,” but turns into “we.”

You know the feeling, right? Your heart races, you get lightheaded and you can barely speak because it’s like the wind got knocked out of you and, add to it, silence seems to say so much more than your own words.

The feeling is AMAZING. It’s like, as Charlie Brown said in “The Peanuts Movie,” “all of life’s possibilities become so clear.”

Part of me, as I write this, wants to say, “you should try falling in love sometime,” but that would be like asking you to experience something that is actually a gift…a gift that I didn’t think I was truly ready or capable of handling…until now.