I want to say a huge thank you to all of you who have been subscribing to this site. Not long ago there were 884 subscribers. Today there are 1,330! That is almost 500 new subscribers. We are growing fast.
Why is this happening? I try to share news about my book here, but I also share words of encouragement, and hope. It is the last part that is drawing in so many people. This is because many people in this hotel called earth, are suffering from anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, and the many other usual suspects.
I am excited so many of you are joining me here. I want to keep the tremendous effort going. You can keep it going by subscribing today if you haven’t already. Just click on the icon right after the title on this page to do that.
A quick update on my writing. My first book has received a national award from the Reader’s Favorite Awards. It is an honor to be so fortunate to achieve this award.
My second book, Signs of Hope: For the Weak Days, is about half way through. My co-author Dennis Booth and I from New South Wales, Australia, are working hard to try to get this out for fall of this year.
I have even started a new book with a working title of, Signs of Hope: For the Military. I really have a feel for this one. I am a veteran, and so is one of my sons, who is a career soldier. I am writing this book because I am heart broken about the many suicides that occur in the military. It is much higher in percentage than the private sector. I want to reach out to the military, and show them hope.
How Can I Face Criticism?
We make judgments all the time. People make judgments about you and me all the time.
I would guess all of you have faced criticism sometime in your life. I certainly have. It isn’t pleasant to go through. When someone criticizes you it causes you to have self-doubt, anxiety, and even depression.
I have some thoughts on criticism:
- Criticism always seems to come when you least need it.
- Criticism always comes when we least deserve it.
- Criticism always comes from people who are least qualified to give it.
- Criticism frequently comes in a form that is least helpful to us. (Gossip)
We need to know that:
- With every achievement there is a price.
- With every goal there is an opponent.
- Some people put others down to make themselves look better.
Don’t let those negative people away you. Dr Suess was turned down 28 times before he got his first book published, and yet his books are national best sellers every year now.
Reach for that goal you have had forever and achieve it. Keep trudging down the narrow path to success. There are many rewards waiting there for you.
You are never alone.
You are never forsaken.
You are never unloved.
And above all….never, ever, give up!