Inspiration For You
by Randy Mitchell
New Years is always special to me. It's looked upon by millions as a passage-of-the-baton, a new beginning, a time to remember events during the prior year, and a way of looking forward to making new memories. It's celebrated by virtually everyone on the planet, and is perhaps the one day which brings more people together as a human race than any other regardless of color, religion, or political affiliation. We all celebrate it differently, and it's by far, more than just a spot on the calendar.
New Year's resolutions fly through our minds at warp speed during this week. Most of the top ones are almost always about losing weight, becoming better fit, enjoying life more, drinking less, learning something new, getting out of debt, and increasing time with family and other loved ones. We often write them down, and swear they'll be followed by the letter as a price of admission for another year of life. Kind of makes you wonder why we only think about them around New Years and what makes our determination to see them through to reality such a difficult price to pay.
I'm usually pretty cautious about my resolutions because I really don't want them limited to just one day. I think that everyday should be spent with a new goal, a sense of preferred being, and watching a carrot dangled and caught before the sun begins to set. In other words, not waiting to make the wishes and pledges we have in our hearts until the fireworks begin exploding at the stroke of midnight. Now, obviously that's a nice thing to say, but oh so hard to do.
I'm about to celebrate my 49th New Year and have been looking back upon some of my most important moments from 2011. I've published my first novel, "Sons In The Clouds," made new friends, let go of some previous relationships, and started new ones to name a few. I have no complaints at all of what transpired in 2011 for me. It was another phase of my life to be remembered and cherished, and one that forced me to learn some important lessons. Now 2012, I believe, will be even better.
The happiness, smacks on the lips, and hope-filled feelings we experience when the clock strikes midnight on 12-31 ought to happen everyday. Why not? After all, every moment we live on God's earth should be looked upon as a gift. He wants us making the most of each one with great enthusiasm, a sense of expectancy, openness toward new opportunities, and a better expression of love for others. After all, life is extremely short--a snap of the fingers and you suddenly find yourself staring down the barrel of an existence that was. And that countdown to one we all recite as the glowing ball drops does a lot to demonstrate the rapid passage of time.
New Years also shows us how fast our tempo of life has become. In my opinion, technology and the super-quick pace our society is accelerating is leaving people wondering why each New Years rolls around more speedily than the last. Maybe, it comes with age, I don't know. But, as I make final party plans for ringing in 2012 it leaves me remembering that the launch of 2011 happened just yesterday.
So, when you begin primping in the mirror, selecting just the right outfit to hide those holiday pounds, and chatting about where to celebrate, asks yourself what you want to transpire in 2012? Then ask for those same desires everyday of every year for the rest of your life. Holiday celebrations quickly pass, but hope and dreams are eternal.
Have A Happy New Year!
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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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