Inspiration For You
by Randy Mitchell
All of us are born with hopes, dreams, and desires running through our veins, often wishing upon the stars that certain things and people would emerge, taking us to where we long to be. We pray on our knees, seek out advice, look for certain signs, and make our case to whomever and whatever will listen that what we have in our hearts is what's best for us, and destined to happen. Sometimes good things do come true, often they don't. After all, we're only human, and have a right to go for what we want. But differentiating between reality and hope-filled dreams is often a brutal wake-up call that lots of us never want to face.
I've had many dreams and goals, some have come true, many have left me standing on the sidelines wondering. But one thing I've learned from a little bit of life experience is that recognizing the tell-all-signs when things aren't meant to be has saved me lots of grief, and even more, a lot of wasted time. Don't get me wrong, I still get blurry-eyed and eager while wishing that something I desire might come to pass, but coming to terms with reality is really what I'm talking about here.
We've all had our hearts broken--that terrible feeling which rips out our insides when the object of our affection doesn't reciprocate. But look at it this way: were there obvious signs that the balance inside the relationship wasn't tilting the right way? Were you not getting the respect you tried so hard to earn? Did your partner have a wondering eye? Were you being taken for granted when all you sought was to please them, even going that extra mile? Was the communication between you always about them, or did you share 50/50? (see my article on narcissism) Did the major problems linger on for months, even years, without being solved? Did you live with that never-ending, pit-of-your-stomach, omnipresent feeling that things would eventually end, pushing you to enter the exhaustive dating world again therefore making you stay? Was the energy mostly lighthearted and fun, or was there always a certain amount of tension and mistrust?
Relationships can be very difficult, but using our God-given intuition and ending bad ones early can save a lot of heartache, pain, and negative energy no matter how much you want it to work out.
How about your career? Have you ever stuck it out with a job when you knew there was no chance of advancement or promotion? Year after year, the signs were everywhere. Favoritism, company politics running wild, lots of co-workers getting the recognition you always wanted, yet you stayed instead of trying a different employer that could've appreciated you more for the talents you offered. Just like relationships, the workforce inside of every good corporation or company must have the right chemistry for it to succeed. If the fit isn't there, best to move on and jump aboard a faster moving train. Although, oftentimes doing this is really tricky, especially in an economy and job market like we're experiencing now.
Facing reality is difficult. Like filing a tax return or slugging through a never-ending moving day, it's just one of those things we hate doing. But, I believe we're all equipped with a little chip inside that's always working overtime trying to keep us grounded. We have that inner voice, feeling in the gut, ache along our shoulders, and recurring headache letting us know we're on the wrong path, keeping us from our true destiny.
I'm a Christian and believe in the power of prayer. So naturally, I often pray for things to come true. The trick to this, I believe, is realizing that sometimes God's answer is no. And he says this because he always identifies what's best for our lives, therefore advertising clear signals that what we're wanting isn't the right choice, or the right timing for things to happen. The problem is when we're staying in faith really hard for something our mental picture often gets clouded with wishful thinking, blocking our receptors to the obvious signals. We fight against reality not wanting to hear, or open our eyes; many times having to be hit-on-the-head before we'll see the light. But, the signs are everywhere, once you're truly open.
Think about everything you've desired throughout your life. Those wishes that never came true? They were the ones that weren't meant to be. After all, I'm one who believes that everything happens for a reason.
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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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