The experience I gained from writing this book is worth the effort all by itself. I have met some wonderful people and some not so wonderful people. The reason I decided to write about my own life experiences is because I truly believe that we all go through the same trials and smiles every day. I know it feels good to me when I can speak and listen to others who have been through the same things I’ve been through and say to myself “If they made it through, I can too”.
This book is subtitled Love and Truth because I truly believe that Love cannot exist without Truth and Truth will never be present without complete and unconditional Love. We cannot put a face or a title on Love and we have all experienced that trying to put a face on Trust leaves us often disappointed and hurt. My goal is actually simple and my message is one that has echoed from the Cradle of Life between the Nile and Euphrates rivers to a tiny house near the Mississippi near my birthplace just a few short years ago. It is a message of total and complete Love for self and others.
Some of us have lost the signal that connects us and have faded into an unconscious state of regret and worry that leaves us cold and judgmental. Regret is the past and worry is the future. We have been taught that acceptance and tolerance are necessary to live side by side in an ever crowding world. I challenge you with this theory. To accept someone means to tolerate them without protest and to tolerate is to endure a situation. Both of which comes after our mind has already formed an opinion and we are left with a decision to make. You may not agree with me but please understand my position.
To Love despite the influence of color, race, religion, nationality, financial status, upbringing, gender, sexual preference, age, political views, weight or waist size, past or present situation, skill set, education, music preference, etc … is called being confident and True to one’s self above all else. My mom used to call it "Taking care of our OWN business first" LOL. My Guru (Jesus) said "We must first remove the beam from our own eyes before we can remove it others". To Love yourself you must be True to your beliefs and morals despite what others believe. To do this we must reconnect with who we truly are and be who our Source of inner strength wants us to be. For me that is God, but I dare not force my beliefs on anyone else. However I do believe that if you don’t believe in something, you will fall for anything that is thrown your way. If you don't believe in anything at least believe in forgiveness and strive for the ABILITY to forget. This is a key element to finding answers.
I’ve been disconnected for far too long and this book takes you into my world and lets you see my spiritual journey on the path to Love and Truth.
So, Welcome ... For the next few chapters or so, I’m inviting you into my life. You are welcomed at my table; all that I have it yours to partake. Consider us friends for remainder of the time we spend together. Feel free to read out loud, because I listen as well as I speak. You have already touched my heart and now I hope to touch your heart as well. I truly believe this book is my duty, my reason for being.
With that being said, I would like to include how deeply I believe that life is perfect. We are exactly who we were intended to be. I was likely put here for you and you for me. It doesn’t matter who you may be; a father, a friend, a lover, a wife, a brother, sister or distant relative. If I’m lucky enough most who will read these words will be born long after I’ve passed by this existence and gone home to the next. But please understand that time is only relative to those who choose to live by it. What I am trying to say is, before I wrote these words, they were already written. Before I write the next sentence, someone has already read this book.
The story of my life is shared by those whom I come in contact with everyday. A hello at the deli, the bird displayed by a road raged driver. We share the random smiles that brighten our moments, and the cries that tare at our hearts. Skeptics will neglect the notion of a universal connection via spirit .Yet the internet connections and cell phone companies are showing record profits every year trying to connect us. I beg this one question; can technology accomplish what God cannot?
We have substituted human companionship for virtual reality. A LOL, was once accompanied by slap on the back. A text message was something spoken and not written. GPS was “Hey, do you know where the next gas station is?” And break ups use to happen face to face. We have a natural urge to be connected … to know …to feel … to be. It’s such a natural feeling because it is real.
Haven’t we had enough of this age of individualism, full of “Get your own” slogans and gaming systems that come with one controller? If we can’t share our things, we will be hard pressed to share feelings. Selfish actions promote distrust, and distrust leads to isolation. As a result some of us feel alone in a small and crowed world. My life may have been scripted, but I have creative control. How I choose to live during the ups and downs is completely up to me. Happy I was born and happy I shall be.
So pull up a chair and warm your spirit along with that tea you like you like so much. Go ahead and lean back in my lazy-boy of empathy. Help yourself to an extra helping of understanding. Everyone has a story to tell. Today, I’m sharing my feelings because, to put it simply, we’ve all been there before. I have nothing to be ashamed of. So, if you judge me, I accept your verdict. If you hate me, I thank you for allowing me to help you release the tension. If you understand me, I promise to return the favor. And if you let me, I promise to be myself.
This is Love, Hate and the Line Between. This is my life experience ‘a la’ poetry. My father always told me to live my life like an open book. So, it is what it is.