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    by Randy Mitchell

Applaude Yourself!
Date Posted: August 21, 2021

There’s a wonderful saying, “Go where you’re celebrated, not where you’re tolerated.”

When I think about these words, so many meanings come to mind: the people in your life and their attitudes towards you, the places you frequent socially, your workplace environment and those you meet for the very first time. They also raise the questions: are the people and surroundings you deal with supporting, loving, befriending, even helping you when you need them the most? Or do they pull you down, surround you with negative energy, refuse to acknowledge your accomplishments or speak about you unenthusiastically?

The only person you need to impress in this life is yourself. You don’t require others approval or judgment to live your best life possible. Friends, family, and personal relationships are all great, but do they build you up, promote and encourage you as you do to them? Are the associations you have with those in your inner circle carrying a positive influence to your life?

Many of the most successful and significant people in the world live by golden rules; some of their most used are avoiding negative influence whenever you can, evade those not having your best interests at heart, and always try to think positive. The Universe and Karma can be rough terrain, giving credit to the saying that “whatever comes around goes around.” Therefore, trying to shoot positive energy into the world can reap many beneficial rewards.

Other people’s opinions and influence can make or break our success, if you allow it. And I’m not only referring to our financial lives. They can determine the outcomes of our marriages, careers, and friendships. The trick, I’ve learned, through lots of trial-and-error is to walk away from those who aren’t of genuine quality. It isn’t always easy to do, especially if the ones you’re saying “goodbye” to you’ve known a long time, are related to, even happen to love. Many bend over backwards to gain others approval, even allowing emotional abuse to take place. But, if you’re not receiving the benefit of mutual appreciation, it’s time to wander in a different direction.

We live in a celebrity-driven world where so many constantly seek attention. Somehow, they believe others admiration is what defines them, makes them whole, and raises them up the social ladders. And when they don’t gain the notoriety they want, they try even harder holding on to their transparent beliefs. In my opinion, living this way is never satisfying because they always want more—a big hole which can never be filled.

All of us should perform a gut check and inventory those in our lives from time-to-time. Most of us take our vehicles in for tune-ups occasionally, so why not do the same for your mental health? It’s been said that the average adult has roughly five to twenty people they talk to on a regular basis. And out of those groups, only about three to five would they feel comfortable calling for help with a medical emergency or some other stressful situation. The question is: Which ones in your life would you call? Who would drop everything and sit by your side when really needed? If a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity came your way: a new job, a winning lottery ticket, your picture in the paper, who would celebrate your success without jealousy or envy? In other words, who would truly be happy for you?

Most of us go through life trying to improve ourselves. We all want to be successful in one form or another: Career, family, sports, even hobbies. And we hope our good fortune is appreciated by others. This makes me think what a reputable pastor/speaker recently said, “When you begin to better yourself those who are for you will celebrate in your triumphs and pray with you through your tribulations.” Wise words and terrific ones to live by.

There are few things better than having true friends, and others who care for and love you unconditionally. But, the more success you have the more opposition you will attract. Not everyone will understand you, not everyone will like you, and not everyone will applaud you, however, these aren’t battles which must be won.

Be proud of your gifts, they’re god-given; and if others would like to come along for the ride, so much the better.

Thanks for listening…

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Biography Information:
Randy Mitchell

Inspirational Writer and Author of

"Sons In The Clouds"

As a writer and avid movie fan, I love the powerful energy behind words. Words capture and cling to people in a dramatic, poignant way - and live deep inside us all. It doesn't matter if those words are written or spoken; all of us have tales yearning to be shared with each other.

A few years ago, I drove past my childhood home in Texas: a nostalgic place where tender childhood memories still reside deep inside me. I remember those hot Texas summer nights hanging out with my sister, friends, spirited pets and my girlfriend who lived across the street. This happy snapshot transported me back in time to endless, steamy nights as we watched July 4th fireworks, ate homemade ice cream on the front porch, and cooled off at the local lake.

My childhood feels like it happened just yesterday -- innocent moments taken from my carefree youth. These memories comforted me and carried me to a place where I longed to stay – a peaceful haven where I could escape my hectic ‘adult’ life. These idyllic, cherished memories were the inspiration for my first novel, "Sons In The Clouds". My long-time career as a pilot and love of aviation are seen through my main characters, Andy and Wade, who serve as Navy pilots in the Vietnam War.

"Sons In The Clouds" exposes emotional drama that showcases the vulnerable fragility of human nature. The belief in God serves as the problem-solver -- a pathway to the truth -- a light to be used when the problems of man cannot be solved, and becomes a way to expose weaknesses in those appearing to be strong.  I breathe life into my characters in believable, exceptionally REAL ways. A strong theme interwoven throughout the pages is that “love conquers all” – as seen through the unfaltering, devoted commitment between my male characters and the women they leave behind.

My female characters show courage and strength in the face of adversity. Despite the fact that she doesn’t know whether her husband is alive or dead behind enemy lines, Rebecca (Andy’s wife) remains strong and never falters in her devotion to Andy.

Rebecca’s character represents war-time brides (both past and present). I wanted to show the strength, love and courage of these brave women whose loved ones were sent off to the Vietnam War. They faced harrowing fear on a daily basis, and relied on their faith and love to get them through their darkest days–- hoping and praying that their husbands returned home safely.

Most inspirational fiction readers today aren’t interested in G-rated books. "Sons In The Clouds" is a modern inspirational story that encompass spiritual themes where faith and love triumph over the brutal ugliness of war. My characters instill a hope-filled message to my readers long after the last page is read.

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