After a month without blogging, it is difficult to start again. I have no predetermined theme and I wonder what I could write that has meaning and significance. What is important to you? What kind of stories do you like? I asked myself those questions. I’ve often puzzled over stories I read of a person overcoming grave difficulties and rising above them to love and appreciate life; you know, those feel good, human interest stories. What, within the person, makes the difference? How is it that some are knocked down and come up kicking and fighting; some are bowled over and lie there, giving up; some are turned to bitter, vindictive people wanting to strike back; some are like those dolls weighted on the bottom to spring back up, smiling and forgiving.



I know it sounds clichéd, but I really like the idea of, “when life hands you lemons, make lemonade.” In my case, I believe my mother’s good example of a positive outlook on life was transmitted to me. But what about the kids thrown away by their parents, handed from foster home to foster home? Many others are given extreme physical or mental challenges at birth. How do they overcome? Where does that spark come from that makes one say, “Yes!” to life? I want a little bit of it next time I face an insignificant inconvenience and am tempted to wade into those deep waters of self-pity. I want to make the choice to accept and embrace life whatever the day brings.

About dmdubay

Since retiring from Northwest Airlines and moving to the Pacific Northwest, I have more time to devote to writing. My first novel, "Tales of Two Sisters" was published over a year ago. I have been writing poetry for a long time and am attempting to collate my poetry into a short book, with pictures. A sequel to "Tales of Two Sisters" should be getting closer to completion soon. Gardening and tending the vineyard take a lot of time in the summer. Even though I love the outdoors, these activities do cut down on my writing. So I appreciate that wintertime allows me time to write. Writing, for me, is what brings things into focus and helps me to make sense of the things that life brings. It is a gift to me and I hope that it will be to you also.
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