Before beginning this book review, I want to point out that my scheduling of this book for review was well in place before the Executive Order signed on Friday, January 27, 2017, went into effect. However, Divine Providence likely knew of the events to come, and as D.L. Mayfield’s memoir shares the author’s experiences working with and living among refugees and immigrants in my hometown, Portland, Oregon, it is definitely a good time to look at what Mayfield’s thoughts and reactions are to her experiences.
GIVE UP YOUR WRITING?
Maybe you’ve come across some of the posts asking the question: Have you considered giving up your writing?
In recent days and weeks, I’ve come across several posts, both blog and on Facebook and Twitter, asking similar questions. My blog plans have included this topic for some time, but the increased interest moved this post up on my editorial calendar.
LET’S GET SERIOUS–Have YOU HAD THOUGHTS OF QUITTING?
Perhaps like this rusty relic, an Underwood typewriter from the past, you sometimes feel battered, worn out, at a loss as to how to move on, and you just want to throw up your hands and quit. I think lots of us have.
Last week I wrote about three words–past, now, and future— to begin the year 2017. Today I want to share my One Word for 2017–listen.
The word “listen” doesn’t reflect excitement or adventure ahead. So why would someone pick it as their one word for an entire year?
Give a “listen” and find out…
Listening is important in all we do.
Dictionary.com defines listen as follows:
- to give attention with the ear; attend closely for the purpose of hearing; give ear
- to pay attention; heed; obey.
- to wait attentively for sound.
The word “attend” appears in each of the above definitions in some for or another. Perhaps the word implies the importance of learning because if we pay attention we generally pick up more instruction. Using the ear to give attention to someone or something implies giving our full attention.
JUGGLING THE PAST, NOW, AND FUTURE
Confessions are good for the soul so I confess now I am not a good juggler. Sometimes life presents us with a juggling act which seems outside our abilities. And often the start of a new year does the same.
The questions I asked as I wrote this post were:
- Where did 2016 go?
- What does 2017 hold in the way of goals?
- What about now–the present, today, even tonight?
WHERE DID 2016 GO?
Wherever it went, it dragged by. I felt this year would never end. My days were ones of sitting and lying down to relieve relentless, intense pain. A short break in the early fall led me to believe the journey was almost over. Then a setback occurred.
While anticipating the new year and what 2017 offers, it’s always nice to look back on some of the good things from the previous year.
I thought it would be nice to check my blog’s most popular posts this past year. Note that some are older posts which have been searched for and read by a new visitor to the blog in 2016. Most gratifying is the activity the blog received without too much action at my end.
The list below shares the most popular posts:
Yes, I’m closing up shop during December. 2016 came in as usual last January, but it has been a long journey to healing from a fall I took at the end of January. A minor setback recently has required further treatment. I’m hoping by January 2017 to be free of the chronic pain I’ve experienced this year.
Not only that November brought shocking news for some of us with the election results. I won’t deny I have dealt with frustration, fear, and anger. Yet, there is nothing I can do. I have decided to accept the situation by keeping a watchful eye and ear on matters affecting my family.