Inspiration For You
by Randy Mitchell
I was advised a while ago while getting my novel, "Sons In The Clouds" ready to go online that few people I knew personally would buy, or even acknowledge it's existence. That only around 10% would even whisper a single word. Unfortunately, this viewpoint has proven entirely correct.
I'm not one looking for praise, please understand this. But, what has opened my eyes about many people these days is the increase in negativity among them. That, for whatever reason, they're uncomfortable in watching you succeed, gain a few shards of acclaim, climb a little higher in life, draw some attention from others. I was warned by several, yet I'd be lying if I said it hasn't bothered me some.
When I find out someone really close to me is succeeding in some way, even trying to, I'm usually the first to write, or call, letting them know I'm behind them the whole way. I'm not at all threatened by others success. Maybe, its because I'm extremely secure in my own skin, and like seeing people enjoy the fruits of their labor. After all, I'm one who believes we can't take it with us. After death, the unbelievable richness of heaven will be shared by those who believe. But negative forces are everywhere, trying to bring you down, tearing at your achievements. Some do it by not acknowledging them, as I've recently learned, therefore keeping their true feelings about you at bay. They don't want you, or others, to succeed because it makes them feel smaller, inferior, and having to work harder thinking they must catch up. Others try talking you out of doing something. I had more than one say right to my face, "In this climate, you'd be lucky selling ten copies, your dreaming, nobody knows who you are so why would they buy your book?" And the all to familiar quote, "Good luck with that one, buddy."
Our society has become increasingly negative, and I don't mean only from those we happen to know. I'm referring to our population as a whole. I was born in the 60's, making me just on the outskirts of the baby boomer generation. I remember when hooking up with friends and family meant picnics, face-to-face conversations sitting around a kitchen table, actually talking on the phone, spending far less time watching TV, and being there in person for a friend in need. My how times have changed, and a rarity indeed finding pure happiness in ones eyes right now unless Jesus is in the center of their lives.
There are many reasons, I think, for what's going on here. Some of the biggest are: social immorality, a decline in religious beliefs, and economic pressure. We now live in a world where "more is better, it's all about me, I'm getting mine, we gotta keep up with those Jones', if their kids have something we best go and get ours the same, I don't care who I run over-I'm getting that job or promotion," and the ridiculous worship of immoral celebrities and politicians. People are tired, you can see it on their faces. This sluggish economy has been a huge drain on everyone. But, all of this doesn't mean we must dive into the black abyss of negativity.
I've learned, especially the past few years, to avoid the negative and run to the positive. And I've had to let go of many in my life along the way. Negativity is the Devil in one of his most purest forms. When he comes, he comes at what you care about the most: your spirituality, physical appearance, relationships, financial capabilities, family, drive to succeed. He makes you think you can't do it, that what you want is beyond your scope of reality. He tries his best to whittle you down to skin and bone, using everything and everyone he can to defeat you. But, you don't have to give away your power. Shut the door to this dark cloud and keep your eye on the light. Keep the finish line in your sights. Turn a deaf ear to the devil.
We all have intuitive abilities, some more than others. I'm now in the second half of my life and have noticed mine are much more receptive than when I was younger. My radar seems to be peaking, giving much clearer pictures of what's going on inside others. Maybe, it's just life experience, but I can see a negative personality coming at me a mile away. When someone is truly happy and positive their eyes light up, they ask about you, they care what you think, they touch you, comfort you, build you up, they help others, they don't worry very much, you can sense this in their voices. Negativity comes when it's all about them. They brag about themselves, are mostly critical of others, have lifeless, tired-looking eyes, they're always sick, talking seems to be burdensome and laboring, they think the world's doomed, the subject of God is off limits, communication is limited to texting or e-mails, they're always broke, they could win the lottery tomorrow and complain about the amount, they zap your energy just being around them. These patterns are easily seen. Avoid them like the plague. When you draw this line in the sand, your life will be happier than you ever imagined.
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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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