Saturday, August 2, 2008

A New Paradigm

So the book is out and people are reading it. Amazingly. I don’t know what I was thinking. I guess I thought I’d send it out like some castaway with a message in a bottle and wait to see if anyone found it.

Well, they have and the response has been kind of overwhelming. Not that I want to toot my own horn. But when you’ve been slogging your way through the dark alone, or almost alone, for years and come to find out that there ARE actually people out there who are listening, well, it’s time for a paradigm shift.

New paradigm. Sounds like the Age of Aquarius. What I mean is that I’m working on a new personal paradigm where my inner experience matches the outer one. The new outward experiences I’m enjoying like ones of affirmation, encouragement and acceptance.

Sure, I’ve gotten some criticism – people say the book is too hard a read, too painful, too raw. But that’s kind of the point of the whole thing – to help other people experience and then empathize with what I and many others like me have been through. Losing the Way is not for the faint of heart. Neither is the truth. I appreciate those who can weather the storm and lose their way with me, only to be found.

I’m not saying I’m any kind of great writer. I’ve just written a book which I hope will serve as a cautionary tale for those who give their whole hearts, souls minds and strengths to anything or anyone other than the Ultimate. That’s the bottom line. “Little children, keep yourselves from idols.” As a former idolator, as a member of the human race, I figured I had something to say. I never figured so many people would listen.

1 comment:

Billy said...

Like you, I won't say you are a great writer. I can't. As I wrote once, I don't even come close to being a literary critic. Therefore...

You may well be a great writer. But in my very humble opinion, if you had tried real hard to be one, your account wouldn't have been told as it should have been... which is as it was told by you.

Painful? Raw? How else can I...can anyone...who hasn't had this done to them "experience and then empathhize with what you and many others like you have been through"? Certainly not by the pastry I was given to snack on when I was invited alone into the coach at Emporia. Not even by the little lesson I was given in "loosening up" a little less than 2 years later at HQ. Although the latter was always a little flag to me that experiences like yours COULD have happened.

I am so glad that you have gotten such wonderful responses. I would guess that there are those who would not respond so kindly, and I don't mean constructive criticism; though I wonder how many of those really read your account. I hope it helps to know that there are a whole bunch with an answer ready for those others, should an answer ever be needed.

You had something to say, and I am glad you said it. But i suspect the much more grateful ones are those "many others like you".